7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

Par­ents hand­ing their chil­dren too much money and leav­ing them to be raised by maids are among the main causes of drug use in young peo­ple, Dubai’s top nar­cotics cop has said.

Colonel Eid Thani Hareb, di­rec­tor of the An­tiNar­cotics Depart­ment at Dubai Po­lice, said too many par­ents are not hands-on enough when it comes to par­ent­ing, or are neg­li­gent al­to­gether. He told 7DAYS: “Fam­ily neg­li­gence and kids be­ing left with maids is the main rea­son be­hind drug ad­dic­tion in Dubai.

“Giv­ing large amounts of cash to a teenager can also eas­ily open the door to drug use. Par­ents must be re­spon­si­ble - mon­i­tor your chil­dren.”

He was speak­ing af­ter of­fi­cers re­cently came across a case in which two Emi­rati brothers, un­der 18, had been left to raise their younger brother.

He said they ended up lur­ing the boy into tak­ing drugs. “Teenage chil­dren some­times doesn’t know the mis­take they are mak­ing,” he said. Po­lice also recorded an­other in­ci­dent in which a 14-year-old Emi­rati pupil handed a friend a tra­madol in class at a govern­ment school when the boy com­plained of a headache.

When the pupil went to his teacher and showed him, the teacher re­alised it was the strong, banned painkiller. Hareb said the teen had been tak­ing the pills from his father’s bot­tle. He said: “The father of the pupil had been un­well and doc­tors pre­scribed tra­madol for him, but he had been leav­ing the pills on the ta­ble.

“The pupil thought this was a good pill for headaches and pain and used it.

“This was clearly fam­ily neg­li­gence. His mother is a doc­tor and should have known to keep medicine away from chil­dren.” Hareb stressed that any­one with ad­dic­tion prob­lems can con­tact po­lice and ask for help with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion and sent to re­hab.

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