POLICE CONCERN OVER TEENS AND DRUGS
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.