Dubai Police Celebrates the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Awareness and Cultural Magazine Quarterly- ( 24 Issue ) July 2016, Published by The General Department of Anti-Narcotics - Dubai Police
My journey from the hell of drugs to the bliss of life
The story of a family and its
patience and love towards its addict son
Family Time Management
Taking Care of Minor Addicts
Drugs…the Poisonous Evil
Dubai Police Celebrates
the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Dubai Police arrested an Asian man and
seized 6.5 kilograms of heroin from him
Under the patronage of His Excellency Major General Khamis
Mattar Al Muzainah, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police
and Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant
Commander of CID, the International Day Against Drug
Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was commemorated at Dubai
Festival City. The event was organized by the Awareness
and Prevention Department of Dubai Police by the name,
“Cohesive Family”, with the participation of more than 10
police departments as well as the members of the public.
Major General Al Mansouri, while honoring the attendees
for their support for the cause, passed on the greetings
of Major General Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah, Commanderin-Chief
of Dubai Police, for their participation and sincere
efforts in cooperation with the Dubai Police to eradicate
illegal drug activities from the Emirate of Dubai.
He expressed his appreciation for His Excellency Al
Muzainah, for his interest and support in the vital field of
security, and his adherence and eagerness to embody the
strategic visions of His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin
Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of
Interior. He also thanked the various competent authorities
involved in combating drugs and related criminal activities
The Major General also said that the interest in building a
cohesive and healthy family is the right way to overcome
the evils of drug abuse. He noted that the UAE is not a
manufacturing base, and that most of the illegal drugs
were confiscated from smugglers who took advantage
of the open skies and the lenient economic legislation
on tourists and other visitors. He emphasized that the
war against drugs was a public responsibility that was
to be taken seriously. He concluded the ceremony, once
again expressing his gratitude for the parties supporting
the General Department of Anti Narcotics of the Dubai
Police in the year 2016, including the Emirates Nationals
Development Programme, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
Islamic Cultural Center, Emirates Islamic Bank, Dubai
Festival City and the Beit Al Khair Society.
For his part, Colonel Eid Mohammed Thani Harb, director
of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, explained
that the department was keen to make this year’s events
balanced in its message to the public, and to make the
occasion suitable for a more diverse class of age, education
and culture. He also expressed his sincere appreciation for
all those who participated in the activities of the day.
The opening ceremony was attended by Brigadier Abdullah
Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Protective
Security and Emergency, Colonel Eid Mohammed Thani
Hareb, Director of the General Department of Anti-
Narcotics, Lt. Colonel Juma Sultan Al Shamsi, Director of
the Department of Drug Awareness and Prevention of the
General Department of Anti-Narcotics and Ms. Nora Abdul
Aziz Amiri, representative of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
Islamic Cultural Center of Department of Islamic Affairs
and Charitable Activities in Dubai, as well as several other
members of the Dubai Police.
Dubai Police found 6.5 kg of heroin in possession
of an Asian man who hid the heroine above a
false ceiling in his house located in Al Jafiliya in
According to Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al
Mansouri, Assistant Commander in Chief of Dubai
Police for Criminal Investigation Affairs, the Anti-
Narcotics Department arrested an Asian farmer,
24 years old, for possessing, consuming and
promoting narcotics. The department received
confidential information upon which the security
teams set a plan to arrest the criminal and seize
the narcotics, through an operation characterized
by accuracy of the information, and the quality
of planning and performance. This reflects the
adherence of the Anti-Narcotics Department and
competent authorities in Dubai to the security
of the society, and their devotion and dedication
to the tracing and arresting all criminals who are
trying to smuggling or promotion of drugs on
Colonel Eid Mohammed Thani Hareb, Director of
the Anti-Narcotics Department, said they received
information about a man living in Al Jafiliya Area
in Dubai abusing and promoting drugs among the
young Emirati nationals and residents in Dubai.
After verifying the information, a security team
raided his apartment and arrested him, and after
searching the apartment, the team found 6.4kg
of heroin in blocks and capsules that he kept
in plastic bags, cardboard boxes and a wooden
box. They were all found in the false ceiling in the
Accordingly, he was referred to the concerned
authorities, and subjected to laboratory tests
which tested positive for consumption of opium.
Colonel Eid Hareb confirmed that the Anti-
Narcotics Department is keen to unite its cadres,
and exploit all human and technical capabilities
to thwart more drug-related criminal activities.
He also praised the team which carried out the
operation, stressing the importance of the role
of the various segments of society in the fight
against drugs, and asked the people to call
the free hotline 800 400400 or email dpan@
dubaipolice.gov.ae if they suspect anyone of
being involved in drug activities.
Heroin is one of the most dangerous types of
drugs, because it affects directly on the nervous
system in humans, as well as other damages,
including disorders of mental function, sleep and
breathing, a sudden disruption in the high or low
blood pressure, causing damage to heart valve,
causing clots in the arteries of the brain which
cause different types of paralysis and seizures,
followed by death as a result of inflammation of
the spinal cord.
Taking Care of Minor Addicts
Fadila Al Moaeini- the Director of the External Offices of Al Bayan Newspapers
My journey from the hell of drugs to the bliss of life
The story of a family and its
patience and love towards its addict son
The subject of the Cover
By Khadija Ali Al Shahi – Watani Al Emarat Foundation
We face a massive problem when it comes to cases
of drug abuse, especially when we have to deal with
teenage addicts who are a result of an absence of
their families and competent society institutions that
deal with these addicts and their life.
The influence of friends on our teenagers is very high
and sensitive, and many problems are caused by bad
friends in the school or neighborhood.
In most cases of drug abuse, parents do not know
that their child is abusing drugs, and only find out
after a huge incident has taken place and the police
and courts begin to handle the case for prosecution.
Here is the difference between the adult addict
and the teenage addict . We beg our authorities to
cooperate with local society institutions and help the
minors to delay their prosecution as much as possible.
If minor addicts are quickly sent to prosecution, they
will not have time to consider what they have done
and seek repentance. They will learn there how to
be criminals when they communicate with the real
criminals in the central prison.
Sending teenagers to the public prosecution means
preventing them from school and them failing to
attend university. They will not be able to work no
matter how hard they try, even if they have already
repented, because they will not be able to obtain a
certificate of good conduct.
This is the most crucial point, and we are trying very
hard to highlight the importance of repentance with
a little amount of understanding and consideration
from the government authorities (police before any
other authority). We have witnessed many cases
where the teens involved in problems received help
from the police to overcome those issues.
The occasional lack of flexibility, understanding, and
consideration for the minor addict to not be seen as a
criminal before the court will ruin his life and prevent
him from living a healthy future.
We have to develop the role of the police and link
them with local institutions in protecting and taking
care of society’s minors. Convicted minors should
spend their punishment period in special camps or
social services institutions, and after completion of
their punishment period, we should take care of them
and convince them to continue their education no
The convicted minors shall spend their punishment
period in special camps or social services institutions
I will tell you today a true story with all its painful
details. It is the story of a young man who has had
a lot of relapses and failures and suffered from the
addiction of drugs. But he was not the only one who
suffered; his family suffered with him too.
The purpose of telling you this story is to spread
awareness against drugs and know the amount of
agony that this family lived because of their reckless
son who bad friends and lost his closest friend because
The exaggerated pampering and staying up late
hours in the night are the first step to drug addiction
My mother used to give me a lot of money, but my
parents were very busy in their works and they
neglected me. I started to stray and used to stay up
late at night. Months passed and I started to look
very weak and I lost a lot of weight, and I stopped my
studies. All this happened, and nobody noticed that I
had become a drug addict.
My sister collapsed when she found out that I am a
drug addict and I tried to commit suicide:
The morning my family discovered that I was a drug
addict was a great shock for everyone. I really was
disappointed because I let my family down. I felt sorry
for my sister who was the first one to know when the
police came to arrest me.
She did not know what to do, and ran to my room
and opened the door to look for me. But I was a huge
mess, and bruises covered my face and body.
My family confronted me and I confessed that I am a
drug addict and it is hard for me to stop doing drugs.
They tried to convince me to stop but I said I could
not, and my brother told me how bad the addiction
had become to my health and me. But I just could not
stop. After many years I decided to commit suicide
by cutting my throat with a blade, but my brother
stopped me from doing so.
I caused pains to my mother, and lost my close friend
because of drug overdose.
That night I went out with my friends to do some
drugs; we were gathered to spend the night and we
did not know that one of my best friends would die
due to overdose.
He suddenly passed away, we were stunned, and I felt
that I would be the next one. We did not know what
to do with his body. How would we tell his family? We
decided to throw his body next to his parents' house,
My mother collapsed and she has been in a critical
medical condition for a long time, especially after
knowing that my best friend had died. But she did not
give up on me and insisted to bring me back to home.
I was reborn. My blood now is poison free.
I did not escape the punishment, and through the
years of my jail I decided to repent and go back to
the rightful path. I was really touched by my mother’s
sickness and the death of my friend. I am strong now
and determined to beat this vicious monster. With my
family’s support and the prayers of my mother, I was
able to become a free man once again.
United Arab Emirates University signed Memorandum of
Understanding with the National Rehabilitation Center
The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu
Dhabi at the university’s main campus in Al Ain. This is to strengthen
coordination and cooperation in areas of common interest, and
contribute positively and effectively to health, research and social issues
that serve the community.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chancellor of UAEU, signed the
MOU on behalf of the University, while Dr. Hamad Abdullah Al Ghafri
signed the MOU on behalf of the Center.
His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chancellor of UAEU, stressed
the importance of strategic partnerships and their role in supporting
and developing community institutions. This opens up new and exciting
prospects for students by providing training opportunities delivered
by experts. He pointed out that the national university is working to
cooperate with the authorities to deal with different societal problems
and contribute to community awareness.
Dr. Al-Nuaimi said “Signing an MOU with UAEU enhances cooperation
and academic coordination. The exchange of expertise benefits both
parties. Part of its importance lies in the joint efforts to address the
problem of drug abuse in the United Arab Emirates. It also aims to
develop efforts to raise awareness and prevent this social evil”.
The agreement includes developing and delivering academic training
programs and courses that aim to raise awareness and provide
information about addiction. It also provides training opportunities for
students and cooperation in terms of research and other studies.
National Rehabilitation Center
Lifeline for patients of addiction on very confidential basis
Teachers Training School Program
About the early intervention in the problem of the use of psychotropic drugs
The National Rehabilitation Centre, in collaboration with the Abu
Dhabi Education Council, launched a training awareness program
for teachers and the school panel on early intervention for the use
of psychotropic drugs. More than 140 teachers joined the training
program in five schools spread over different areas of the Emirate,
including the eastern and western region.
On this occasion, Dr. Ali Al Marzouqi, Director of Public Health and
Research Department and Spokesman of the National Rehabilitation
Center, said that the launch of awareness programs was the result
of the cooperation between government authorities and private
sector entities that aim to develop a unique and innovative model
in the field of awareness programs. It also aims to employ national
capabilities in the field of social responsibility to combat one of the
deadliest risks in the society, especially to the youth category.
The program included many different topics, including identification
of the types and nature of psychotropic substances, early indicators
of abuse, mental disorders in adolescence, as well as the role of the
academic staff in dealing with students who use drugs, if any.
All school principals have expressed their admiration for the program
and themes presented, which achieve the students’ interest. The
participating teachers have introduced a number of suggestions
for the program derived from the importance of bonding and
communication with the family, such as the development of common
platforms for social networking among students and parents, and
encouraging families to participate in family prevention programs
developed by the National Rehabilitation Center.
The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) joined the Ministry of Interior
in the global celebrations on the occasion of the annual International
Day Against Drugs on 26 June, which took place at Bawabat Al Sharq
Mall for three days.
International Day Against Drugs focuses on the big role the family unit
plays in the community as the primary barrier of protection against the
dangers of society.
On this occasion, HE Dr. Hamad Abdullah Al Ghafri, Director General
of National Rehabilitation Center, stated that upon the directives of His
Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the NRC will provide
specialized medical services to patients with addiction based on the
best therapeutic practices in this field, and spread awareness against
this scourge through all segments of society. For this reason we have
established this outstanding medical edifice, which is considered as
the first of its kind in the Middle East, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,
based on our faith in the significant role being played by the center
for the rehabilitation of the addicts. The centre will also help them to
become productive members in society. Treatments are being done
in full confidentiality and anonymity, maintaining the privacy of the
patient and his family.
Dr. Ghaferi also added that the rehabilitation services and therapeutic
programs are designed to build confidence and skills in the character
of the patient to help them overcome their struggle and fully integrate
back into society.
These programs, including outpatient programs and the Matrix
Program, are comprehensive and structured programs aiming to
prevent relapses. These programs include individual therapy sessions
and group therapy sessions for patients and their families through
therapeutic practice. The Matrix Program has for more than 30 years
helped thousands of patients and their families all over the world to
recover from the disease.
There is also a Detoxification program, an Avoiding Relapses program,
and a Stimulation Therapeutic Cognitive program, which is a specialized
treatment program based on the latest cognitive behavioral therapy
and approved by specialized scientific forums, including WHO.
Moreover, there is a Aftercare program, Addiction Treatment program
for teenagers, and the Therapy Program for females.
The most prevalent types of addiction at the moment are, according to
Dr. Al Ghaferi, "heroin, cannabis and alcohol, as well as the drugs used
to treat psychiatric patients or cancer patients, and other drugs that
have psychological impact, such as Tramadol and Allarica, the family of
Benzodiazepines like Rifutral, and Zanaks, and Lacavks, and stimulants
such as Captagon, and Crystal methamphetamine.”
Dr. Al Ghaferi noted that the total number of patients who were
received at the center since its establishment in 2002 until the end of
2015 is 2268 patients, and the vast majority of patients are male (2220
patients- 97.88%), while the number of female patients is 46 patients
(2.03%), taking into account that the center began providing treatment
services for women in 2012.
The percentage of non-voluntary cases is 15.3%, while the percentage
of voluntary cases is 42.1%. As for the special category of teenagers,
there are 102 cases that were recorded between the years 2012 to 2015.
Conversation with the Devil .. !!
By: Mohammed Yasin (Papa Yasin)
Papa Yasin: I am not a writer or a journalist but I am an artist, teacher
and father. I owe my friends and every member in our society a huge
responsibility for encouraging good deeds and fighting evil.
an international problem, but they are not a
Papa Yasin: I am not, but if we kept our mouth
shut and ignored this disease we will lie to
ourselves. No, my friend, we have to face this
The Man: (Laughing): You told me you are not
a writer or a journalist! So what is it with you
sticking your nose in everything? Your only job is
to entertain people.
Papa Yasin: (Angrily): Who told you that it is not
my job? You do not know the real message of
the artist. We as artists shall support the society
and elevate it to new levels of development and
The Man: You? You will find the solution for drugs
by your art? I do not think so.
Papa Yasin: We will not stand alone all the society.
We will be united in the face of this monster, and
by we I mean parents, lawyers, teachers, doctors,
judges, all of us.
The Man: Take it easy, old man.
Papa Yasin: I am not afraid for myself, we were
raised in a time when we used to take care of
each other. We were strongly tied to our religion’s
values, following the steps of our beloved Prophet
Mohammed (peace be upon him). In that time
drugs were not available like they are nowadays.
The Man: So what happened? Why did your
Papa Yasin: We still have good young men.
The Man: So what is it that bothers you?
Papa Yasin: STOP! Do you know how many
families were destroyed because of drugs? How
many mothers lost their children? How money
fathers wept on the grave of their brother or
sons? How many young men we lost because of
The Man: Why are you pessimistic?
Papa Yasin: I am not, but I am also not blinded by
my optimism, and really appreciate all the people
who stand in the face of this plague. I really salute
the soldiers who are protecting our borders from
this evil. And I ask my God to keep this country
safe and away from Satan's paths.
The Man: (Angrily): Do not say this! What is his
Papa Yasin: May the devil burn in hell with all his
The Man: DO NOT say that!
Papa Yasin: Who are you?
The Man: I am Satan!
((And Satan will say when the matter has
been concluded, "Indeed, Allah had promised
you the promise of truth. And I promised
you, but I betrayed you. But I had no
authority over you except that I invited you,
and you responded to me. So do not blame
me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called
to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid.
Indeed, I deny your association of me [with
Allah] before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is
a painful punishment."))
Surah Ibrahim (22)
The Man: What are you trying to say?
Papa Yasin: Excuse me, but who are you?
The Man: It does not matter, you will later find
out who I am.
Papa Yasin: OK I wanted to say that it is a big
problem we are facing in our society. I want to talk
about the affliction that is destroying some of our
The Man: What are you talking about? What is
that big problem?
Papa Yasin: Drugs.
The Man: Drugs!
Papa Yasin: Yes, our biggest problem these days
is drugs. It is a poison.
The Man: Do not exaggerate it. Drugs are
Papa Yasin: I am afraid for some young men,
afraid for their mental states. If this continues they
will become sick, and lose their morals, which will
The Man: All this because of "some young men".
Papa Yasin: Why do you take this matter so
The Man: Is it an earthquake or a Tsunami?
Advice from the heart to the drug addicted:
Forget this false path, remember your country
and be proud of the glory of your grandparents
Drugs…the Poisonous Evil
The international Emirati Referee: Yaqoub Al Hamadi
Dr. Issam Semaha:
Psychiatrist and Specialist in Addiction Treatment
You have to remember the glories of your grandparents
and how they respected customs and traditions
To those addicted to drugs who are plagued with
this chronic illness: you should now leave this path
that is full of false concepts and misconceptions, and
should leave your bad friends who give you narcotic
substances. You should be aware about the facts
of drug addiction. All parts of the body of an addict
become disabled, the liver starts to increase enzymes
and is no longer able to perform the metabolic
processes or block toxins. Day after day drugs and
alcohol cause total liver failure and then liver coma
that leads to high levels of ammonia in blood, not
mentioning the occurrence of esophageal varices and
ascites. All of this is enough to kill anyone no matter
what type of health care is provided to the patient.
Moreover, the kidneys are damaged as a result of the
abuse of drugs, and kidneys fail in the performance of
their functions and the level of blood urea increases
and causes serious complications. The nervous system
is damaged too and hands tremble in early stages.
Addict suffer from forgetting things in addition to
anxiety, tension and sleep disturbance with dreams
Addict has to visit many doctors and medical centers,
and suffers from fainting spells and convulsions,
which may happen suddenly without logical reasons.
This is just an example of what might happen to the
addict and this varies from one addict to another,
depending on the quantity and type of the substance
and the period of taking the substance.
I assure you, through the nature of my work in the
field of psychiatry and addiction treatment for a long
period and in different countries, that bad friends who
sell drugs, claiming that the drugs give happiness and
comfort, and that it is impossible to discover drugs
in blood through laboratory tests, and are lying and
spreading illusions for the purpose of selling drugs
and earning financial profits.
The question is what is the purpose behind these
sad stories? What did you get from drugs? Have you
heard about the death of a young man because of
So I whisper in your ear, how long will you remain in
this vicious cycle?
My dear son, you are suffering from a mental illness, so
do not despair of repeating attempts to recover from
this illness and stop using drugs. All you have to do
is go to an authorized treatment center for addiction
and have a sincere desire to get rid of addiction.
My dear son, you have to remember the needs of
society for healthy citizens enjoying health and
wellness to be active members of the society. Above
all, do not forget your homeland, where you were
raised and educated; it is now your turn to participate
in the building your country.
You have to remember the glories of your
grandparents and how they respected customs and
traditions, and their attitudes towards the interests
of the country. The result is an advanced country and
one of the most progressive countries in the world in
various areas of modern life.
Most people who tend to abuse drugs are weak, cannot handle the problems of their life.
Drugs are one of the most dangerous wounds that
threaten the future generation. People tend to try it
when they are teenagers. Because of that, the youth
should be under the supervision of their family,
who should stay informed about their children’s
environment and friends to keep them protected.
Most people who tend to abuse drugs are irresolute
and struggle to handle the problems in their lives. In
addition to that, the biggest influence is through friends
who drag their mates down this abyss. Addiction then
becomes full of violence and degrading behavior,
because the mind is not fully functioning under the
influence of the drugs.
Drugs give their user a positive feeling and make
them forget all the damaging feelings. They detach
the abuser from his life and give him the illusion of
All this harmful behaviors should be fought by
spreading awareness about the bad effects of drug
abuse, and our entire society is responsible in this war.
If families embrace their children and properly warn
them about the dangers of drug abuse, this will
become the first step to totally eliminating this plight.
Finally I would like to thank everyone standing in the
face of this lethal danger, and all the distinguished
initiatives taken in this regard. Their efforts help all of
society stand as a united force against these injuries .
Developing a culture of fight against drugs is a collective responsibility that requires the
participation of all spectrums of society, and it is not the sole responsibility of the official
authorities. All members of society are responsible in this war against drugs.
Prevention is Better than Tramadol
Khadija Al Mansouri
Nutritionist – The Health Education Dept. - Supreme Council of Family Affairs
No matter what the commercial names be,
the usages and effects are the same. We hear
some familiar names of medications such as
Tramadol, Paracetamol, Panadol, Morphine,
etc. Each has its own features and all of them
work as painkillers.
In this article I will talk about Tramadol, a
medicine that is considered to be one of the
strongest painkillers. It is usually used as
a painkiller for chronic diseases, especially
cancer. It is prescribed to patients for short
periods of time, so that patients will not
become addicted to it.
Therefore, Tramadol is classified as a drug
under the applicable laws and it should
not be given without an approved medical
prescription from the doctor or hospital.
Why is Tramadol considered a drug?
Tramadol stops the work of neurotransmitter
receptors in the brain so the person loses the
feeling of pain or fatigue. If the dosage exceeds
its limit it will become an addiction, which will
then be hard for the person to quit.
What are the common forms of Tramadol?
There are white tablets and red tablets in the
flavor of strawberry or apple. There are strong
and fair colors depending on the manufacturer
and the manufacturing country. Only one
dosage of Tramadol is enough to affect the
The Symptoms of Tramadol Abuse
Dizziness, fatigue, lethargy, drowsiness, sleep
disorders (especially insomnia), neurological
excess and violent behavior, involuntary jerking
in some parts of the body, indigestion, nausea,
vomiting, intestinal disorders (especially
constipation), loss of appetite, dry mouth and
And there are some serious effects: convulsions,
unconsciousness, inability to breathe, loss
of functioning of the central nervous system,
hallucinations, violent behavior, and rapid
So people who use Tramadol have to avoid
many things like:
• Driving after taking Tramadol.
• Carrying heavy things that may cause severe
• Avoiding spices and making sure to divide
meals, taking high fiber foods such as
vegetables that help with the constipation. The
gum is used to reduce mouth dryness.
Finally, patients prescribed Tramadol should
keep it hidden so that it cannot be stolen or
turned from a medicine for a patient to drugs
for an addict.
The method of treatment is very important,
and addicts should accept it. One might seek
the Drug therapy, Nutritional therapy, and
The first step is that the addict shall trust in
the treatment and fight the addiction gradually.
Addicts should seek the help of a specialized
doctor who can help him in reducing the
withdrawal symptoms. Doctors will be able to
give the addict some information about the
required medications during the withdrawal
stage and inform them of what might happen
after they quit..
The medicine prescribed to the addict works to
compete with Tramadol on the central nervous
system receptors that lead to narcotic effects.
The nutritional balance and the obtaining of
basic body needs of metals and vitamins is very
important. One should eat food that contains
the compound vitamins of B12, B2, B6 and that
strengthen the nerves and enhance the mood.
High fiber food will help the body to get rid
of constipation, and people should drink plenty
of water to give the body a great amount of
oxygen and rebuild new cells.
Taking the decision to quit taking Tramadol is
very critical in enabling the addict to recover.
Quitting should happen gradually to reduce the
withdrawal symptoms, and it is easy to achieve
that under medical supervision. Also, patients
should receive all the support from his family
at this point.
Avoiding Tramadol is the
best way to be safe from this
Leaving the valley of death for the light of happiness
By Jina Torner - Supervisor of Pfizer Products, Dubai
The effects of drug ..
abuse on our society
By Dr. Qais Ibrahim Abbas
The United Arab Emirates seeks to become one of the
happiest countries of the world. Some people, however,
achieve contentment more easily than others.
Depression and anxiety affect millions of people each
year. Depression has been seen to be associated with an
increased risk of morbidity and mortality, as well as other
psychological behaviors, such as drug abuse.
I recently read the words of a clinically depressed man,
"Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be happy with myself.
I worry that if I can't be happy with myself, then nobody
will ever be happy with me."
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Do you often feel sad?
Have you lost interest in things which you loved?
Do struggle getting out of bed every morning?
Have you noticed a change in appetite?
Do you feel guilty or responsible for the negative things
that happen around you?
Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Do you often have thoughts about death?
If your answer to all these questions is yes, you need to
consider what your next step should be.
Some individuals suffering from depression resort to
excessive consumption of alcohol or the abuse of drugs,
however, these behaviors only provide a false sense of
relief and instead aggravate the condition.
Your brain is constantly on the run, with nerve cells
transmitting powerful electric impulses to each other
every second. When information is received through a
nerve cell, it stimulates the release of neurotransmitters
in a healthy mind. In some people, however, the process is
disruptive due to a certain reason, which may then lead to
notable conditions such a depression and anxiety.
Researches believe depression can be treated with the use
of anti-depressive medications which may aid in stabilizing
and establishing a healthy flow of neurotransmitters
through the brain. The exact mechanism of these pills
requires further study, but what has been proven is
that they play a vital role in the effective treatment of
depressive and anxiety disorders.
There are many types of antidepressants to choose from.
A few of the most common antidepressants contain the
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), Serotonin
Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI) and the
Norepinephrine-Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitor (NDRI).
These antidepressants stimulate the secretion of
serotonin and dopamine, the neurotransmitters
associated with stabilizing the mood and the feeling of
happiness, respectively. They also influence the release
of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter increases blood
pressure and heart rate and is known for its fight-or-flight
These chemicals are normally produced in the brain
naturally, but their production may be affected in certain
individuals, leading to depression or anxiety. The most
important point to be taken of this is that antidepressants
can bring more stability into your life if you suffer from
any of the two disorders, provided they are prescribed by
It is important to seek professional help in the form of
a psychiatrist who can correctly determine the type and
dose of medication that best aids you in your treatment.
Antidepressants do not work overnight, and thus require
careful monitoring to determine how long an individual
will require their assistance and whether a different type
or a combination of two may be required.
Antidepressants help you deal with the struggles of
everyday life and increase your chance to become a happy
person once again. When the antidepressants start to
work, you have more energy and may begin to participate
in the things that you previously enjoyed before the
depression developed. Often the feeling of chronic pain
fades and quality of life improves drastically.
Let us work together to make UAE one of the happiest
countries in the world, as well as helping each other regain
the inner contentment we may have lost.
“Your brain is constantly on the run, with
nerve cells transmitting powerful electric
impulses to each other every second.”
The youth are most vulnerable to drug addiction, which is a problem
that requires the attention of every member of the society, from
families and executive authorities to the community as a whole.
Due to the severe negative effects that drug abuse and
addiction have on individuals and on societies, governments
all over the world take strict measures to combat its
prevalence. As a Muslim country, it’s important to note that
Islam strongly prohibits substance abuse because it goes
against the basic teachings of Islam and because of the
threat that it poses on a person’s spirituality, honour, family
and mind and soul.
The youth are the foundation of a society. They are
representatives of its present and its future. This, however,
makes them all the more vulnerable to the dark paths of
drug addiction, a problem that requires the attention of
every member of the society, from families and executive
authorities to the community as a whole.
The question I ask is: if our young men and women turn to the
ways of drug abuse, who is going to help build the economy?
Who is going to lead the country to its development?
Allowing the young to be consumed by substance abuse will
bereft the country of potential doctors, engineers, teachers
and officers. We will be left will be the remains of what were
once humans, now living in state of misery.
Thus it is you and I, and every single individual out there, who
needs to step forth and say “NO” to drugs!
I would like to tell you a short story to explain the moral and
social implications that drug abuse and addiction have on a
Mohammed was raised in a poor yet educated, and religious
family. He was a smart child who loved his parents and obeyed
every word they said. He did exceptionally well memorizing
and studying the Holy Quran.
Mohammed was a brilliant student until he reached secondary
school. He was very ambitious and aspired to become a
doctor so he could support his family and serve the people of
his country. Through hard work and dedication, he was able
to obtain high marks and got accepted in a reputed medical
The driven young man was, however, soon influenced by
his entrance into an alien environment consisting of people
of different class and backgrounds. Mohammed began to
search for new friends to help him integrate and that is when
he met Sadiq and Adel.
Sadiq and Adel studied in the same college and lived in the
same dormitory as Mohammed. A few months in, these new
friends of Mohammed started to convince him to try some
pills which they claimed would help him better concentrate
on studies. Mohammed refused at first, but eventually agreed
to give them a try.
The few days Mohammed took the pills, he began to notice
a change in his temperament and so decided to stop taking
them. When Sadiq and Adel found this out and failed to
pursue him a second time, they started to slip the pills into his
food and drink. Mohammed soon developed dependency on
the drug and did not realize that he had become an addict.
This is how a bad company of individuals posing to be
‘friends’ and drug dealers trick their victims into addiction.
Nonetheless, if a person is well aware of the dire effects of
drugs, they will not be easy to fall prey. This is where the
family and society play a crucial role which involves spreading
awareness against substance abuse.
As years passed by, Mohammed began to struggle with his
addiction and started to lie to his parents instead of telling
them the truth. Towards the end of his graduation, he began
to withdraw from his family.
Mohammed’s father heard about the medical students’
graduation ceremony on the local radio and decided to
surprise his son with his attendance, along with his mother
Upon arrival, Mohammed’s parents began to worry when they
couldn’t find him. They begin to inquire about him when they
learned the bitter truth about his addiction. His father fainted
from the shock and his mother broke into uncontrollable
sobs. It seemed as if their world had come crashing down
The news left Mohammed’s father feeling completely
hopeless so that he quit his job in grief. Further misfortune
was brought upon the family as some of his younger brothers
also fell into the destructive habit, while others could no
longer continue their education due to financial restraints.
Friends and extended members of the family slowly began to
break ties with the family. Even neighbors avoided crossing
paths with them.
It is apparent from this story that family and friends of
those affected by drug abuse are crucial members in the
prevention, as well as the treatment of substance abuse.
Had those around Mohammed’s family acted with more care
and concern rather than judge them for it, the results could
have been more positive. It was the society’s responsibility to
support the family in their time of need.
The problem in this story arose from the selfish acts of
individuals who were driven by greed and were insensitive
towards the plight of their fellow humans.
Anyone who suspects drug activity in their vicinity should
play their part and contact the police immediately.
The pharmacist responsibility towards
the selling of medications
By: Mohammed Al Yafie/ Legal Researcher in Dubai Judicial Institute
Misusing Free Time is the Way to the Addiction
By the Student / Bahieddin Ragab Abdel Razaq
11th Grade - Westminster School Dubai
Medications represent the link between the
pharmacist and the patient. This responsibility
becomes heavier on the shoulders of pharmacist
when he deals with the medications that are
considered drugs or psychotropic substances
that have the capability of affecting the brain or
the psychology of the patient. The pharmacist’s
role is very important in protecting the health of
the community’s members. Unfortunately, some
pharmacists act unethically, as if they had sold their
soul to the devil, and become drug dealers.
A pharmacist’s duty is to obey the law, and he
should be accountable on his practice in all aspects:
practically, scientifically, and socially.
Every pharmacist should ensure of the patient’s
identity by asking to see their ID cards. Pharmacist
should obey the rules regarding quantity and quality
of medications to be sold to the patient, and they
should register the medications in special registry
system. They should also make sure that the patient
understands the risk of the medication and the
correct way to use it.
A trainee pharmacist has to be very careful when
dealing with medications and should not be allowed
to prescribe without the supervision of an expert
pharmacist or asking the help of the manager of the
Scientifically speaking, pharmacists should educate
themselves medically and legally, and they should
stay updated with the latest information related to
medicines and drugs by reading leaflets of each
medicine in the pharmacy. They should also be
familiar with the laws of the pharmacy and all their
legal rights and duties.
Many pharmacists neglect these laws, and this puts
them in critical situations. Many people feel safe
when they are dealing with pharmacists because
most of them know about their jobs and do it
Socially speaking, a pharmacist's role is very
important when dealing with patients and providing
them with all the necessary information for the best
use of the medicine. The pharmacist complements a
doctor’s work and should make sure that the patient
will be able to use the medicine appropriately and
without any complications.
The Pharmacist Rights:
A pharmacist has the right to refuse giving any
prescriptions to any patient, unless it is stamped
and signed by the doctor. If the pharmacist suspects
that the medicine mentioned in the prescription
is wrong he is allowed to refuse to give it to the
patient. He is allowed to refuse the prescription
even if he is unable to read the prescription because
of the poor handwriting of the doctor.
A pharmacist is allowed to refuse to change or add
extra contents on the prescription. They can also
refuse to correct the prescription even if it is wrong
- this way he will be respecting the doctor’s work.
The most dangerous aspect of this profession is
when a pharmacist sells expired, fake, or copied
medications. Some might use their jobs to sell some
medications as drugs and misuse their pharmacy as
a cover for their dirty deeds. Some pharmacists may
also give patients an addictive medicine so that
patients would be forced to come again and buy
the same drug.
Time is a divine grace given to people in order to
invest it as long as the heart beats. If we invested
time in a good way, it will be considered as profitable
investment, but if we misused time, this will lead to the
loss and destruction of the entire community.
Islam pays great intention to the importance of the
time, and the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him
says: "There are two blessings which many people lose:
(They are) health and free time for doing good.”
Is there a relationship between free time and health?
Free time is considered as the disease of our modern
life, and it is a silent disease that has no symptoms; we
do not feel it until it is too late and it is an imminent
danger staring at us that we don’t realize until after it
is too late.
There is no doubt that taking advantage of free time
in exercising sports will make us strong young men, as
well as if we invested it in some project which generates
returns, or if we used our free time in reading or writing.
We may ask ourselves, is there a connection between
free time and drug addiction? There is no doubt that
the answer would be yes.
There is a certain and clear relationship between free
time and drug addiction, because if young people did
not take advantage of the free time by developing and
practicing useful hobbies, they will spend their free
time doing nothing of benefit. And their free time will
become their enemy which kills them and destroys
their future and families, and the whole of the nation
will suffer from this affliction.
Studies have determined that the second factor which
encourages addiction after bad friends is the failure to
use the free time, because free time will turn the life of
the young man to boredom. Due to the lack of faith,
the young man will try to escape by watching videos
on illegal sites, or by playing useless games like cards,
because he will be looking for something to break
the feeling of boredom. Some young men may try
narcotic pills at first, thinking that it is the treatment
of boredom, but soon they will become the victims of
addiction with other types of drugs.
their children that is caused by neglecting them or by
excessive protectiveness towards them and keeping
them away from the social relations with their friends
and others, and not giving them enough personal
freedom, which pushes them to wrongdoing.
My advice to my young brothers is to organize their
time by practicing sports and reading. Educate
yourselves by reading useful books. You should invest
your free time in good things.
Also, I would like to say to parents, you should discover
the habits and desires of your children and keep them
away from the trap of addiction.
One of the main reasons that leads to the bad spending
of free time is laziness and lack of exercising or sports
on a regular basis, especially in the time of adolescence
where the risks are high and may lead to addiction.
We also should not forget the negative role of some
parents and their responsibility for the addiction of
Abu Rashid Advice for Parents
Dear Parent …
Pay attention to your children, do not let your interaction be
limited by providing food, drink, clothes and education to them.
Yes, they are the basic necessities of life, but you should watch
their behaviors and note any changes.
If you noticed that your son does not stop lying, deception, fraud,
theft, that he has lost a bond with his brothers and sisters, is not
taking part in celebrations and events, or not paying attention to
their problems, then this a serious indication that your son has
turned to drug addiction and entered its ugly world. Here, you
have to intervene quickly to save his life before he drowns in the
sea of darkness and loss. Addict steals money from their parents
and destroy their family and its future.
Imagine how sad parents are who see their addict son walking in
the way of perdition, approaching death every hour!
Imagine how miserable the lives of wives and children would be
if their father was a drug addict, when he is the person who is
supposed to protect them and ensure their future. Imagine how
the image of the father and husband will be destroyed in their
eyes. It is the ugliest picture when an addict loses the respect of
his family and society.
Drug addiction affects the mental state of the abusers and cause
general weakness, and be exposed to the infection with many
incurable and chronic diseases.
Drugs make the abuser lazy,
superficial, unreliable and careless
person in his dealings with people.
God has forbidden drugs on everyone
because they lead to perdition.
Rashid Advice for the Young People
Dear young man …
Social relations among addicts are not relations of friendship
and brotherhood, such as those arising between the good
and righteous people, but a relation of interests disguised as
This community is a unusual one with misconceptions that the
addict has of society, from which he escapes with drugs and
becomes an active member of the addict community. As a
consumer he can then become a dealer and start to invite his
friends so that they may fall into the trap of addiction too.
The addiction community does not comprise only of addicts
but also includes the drug dealers who feed this society with
extremist ideas driven to increase hostility to the society and
the country, and to spread the spirit of separation between the
addicts themselves. Dealers invite addicts and provide them with
money and drugs to decorate through criminal deviation.
You should be careful my young brother of these friendships that
give rise to the desire for drugs through the influence of those
Be careful young man of the friends of addiction, even if they
were your childhood friends, because this will not protect you
from falling into the trap of drugs.
My dear young man: Close your eyes and your ears before any
invitation to try drugs and do not be fooled with emotional words,
because drugs are the shortest way to death and destruction.
Drugs are lethal toxins and we all shall
be cautious of them and avoid them.
My dear young brothers, you shall be aware
that each person begins with himself to
build healthy society free of drugs.
Student: Mohamed Issa Ahmad Yousef
Class: Eleventh Grade / Ajman Modern School
Adel Muhammad Al Ali
This competition aims to interact with
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Kindly find the emblem of the Higher
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Kindly mention the number of the two
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A man fooled as he seeks the pleasures of a pseudo-life, and
he tries all these pleasures thinking that he had happiness.
But if he thinks a little, he will find out that the pleasures of
this world are diverse and constantly changing shape and
description, but not every pleasure gives us happiness.
Many people get confused between the concept of
happiness and the concept of pleasure. The fact is that the
happiness and pleasure meet in one part and separate in the
other part. They meet in the fact that each of them bring
pleasure to oneself, but the difference between them is that
pleasure disappears immediately after the completion of its
cause, and perhaps then could be regret and misery. But
happiness remains for a long time.
This is the confusion between the concept of happiness and
concept of pleasure when someone thinks that pleasure
means happiness. To be famous is a great pleasure, but the
question is, is every famous person happy? We've heard
many stories about celebrities who have committed suicide
because they did not feel happy.
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Deadline for this contest is on: 15/09/2016
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The First Winner: Haifa Ahmad Hassan.
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Congratulations for the winners and hard luck for other
Some people believe that drugs give the feeling of
happiness and will make them forget the worries of life, but
this pleasure is a temporary one and regret and perdition
will come later. A lot of people are trying to promote drugs
as a source of happiness and pleasure, and their goal is to
control the minds of addicts to ruin the future of nations
through the elimination of youth.
Dear young man, beware of the false pleasure of drugs,
because you will not find happiness in taking drugs. Drugs
will destroy you, your family and your society.
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