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12 Jun 2018

HE Interior Minister chairs anti-drug panel meeting

MOI:

His Excellency Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa chaired the 11th meeting of the National Anti-drug Committee on Tuesday. HE the Minister of Education, HE the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs & Endowments, HE the Minister of Information Affairs, HE the Health Minister, HE the Capital Governor, HE the President of Customs, the Inspector-General and representatives of government organisations also attended the meeting.

At the meeting, HE the Interior Minister praised the efforts of those attending the meeting and their contribution in limiting the risks posed by drugs. He also appreciated the Anti-narcotics Directorate for its key role in exposing drug-related cases.

After reviewing the implementation of the decisions taken at the previous meetings, the committee discussed the topics on the agenda. It was briefed on the results of the visit to the Abu Dhabi National Rehabilitation Centre and the need to benefit from the UAE experience to set up a medical centre specialising in rehabilitating addicts.

The meeting discussed the success indicators of the National Anti-narcotics Plan through a presentation by the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science. The achievement level has reached 79%, while 225 out of the 283 procedures have been implemented.

The future of the plan was also reviewed, while HE the Interior Minister praised the results of the plan, affirming the importance of focusing on the media for what had been achieved as shown by the indicators of success. He acknowledged the role of the General-Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science in solving drug-related cases.

The panel also reviewed a report presented by the Capital Governor about Ma’an [Together] programme to fight violence and addiction and a study related to the setting up of a centre to rehabilitate addicts. About the latter, the Health Ministry presented a feasibility report and the Works Directorate of the Interior Ministry presented the designs for the project. 

The centre would have various facilities and outside clinics. The study called for the inclusion of all related services in the centre and for improving the skills of its workforce to perform their tasks efficiently. The study also focused on the importance of increasing awareness and devising preventive programmes for early detection of addiction cases.

The meeting also reviewed a study by the Ministry of Education about the risks of digital drugs and their implications for the youth. The study recommended interaction with families as the best preventive method.

The meeting concluded with HE the Interior Minister thanking the committee members for their efforts to fight the drug menace and coordinate national efforts to achieve the required results.

 

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