Future chal­lenges in com­bat­ing drugs to be dis­cussed at forum

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 30 coun­tries to take part in He­maya In­ter­na­tional Forum

Gulf News - - Nation -

Com­bat­ing drugs, finding so­lu­tions for drug ad­dic­tion and coun­ter­ing pro­mo­tion of drugs via so­cial me­dia will be the main top­ics of dis­cus­sion at the 13th edi­tion of the He­maya In­ter­na­tional Forum in Dubai.

De­spite the de­cline in the num­ber of young­sters ad­dicted to drugs in the UAE, po­lice forces still want to be pre­pared for the future as drug prob­lem still poses a chal­lenge with the rapid changes in tech­nol­ogy and more peo­ple us­ing so­cial me­dia net­works, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Khalil Ebrahim Al Man­souri, As­sis­tant Com­man­der-in-Chief for Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Af­fairs of Dubai Po­lice, told a press con­fer­ence in Dubai on Thurs­day.

“There is re­duc­tion in drug ad­dic­tion in the coun­try as we pro­vided re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions and found jobs for drug ad­dicts. We have also foiled many drug smug­gling at­tempts and ar­rested many drug deal­ers even out­side the UAE. This forum will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss com­bat­ing drugs and to be pre­pared for the future drug prob­lems,” said Ma­jor-Gen­eral Al Man­souri.

He said gov­ern­ment and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions across the re­gion need to de­velop long-term and proac­tive so­lu­tions, adopt new po­lices, de­velop a new frame­work and keep abreast of Dubai Po­lice said the future has many chal­lenges re­lated to com­bat­ing drugs as deal­ers are in­creas­ingly us­ing so­cial me­dia net­works to pro­mote drugs among youth.

“It is a wor­ry­ing prob­lem now as drugs are be­ing sold on the in­ter­net around the world. There are in­ci­dents, out­side the UAE, of drug busi­ness us­ing a dig­i­tal cur­rency and Darknet,” said Lt-Colonel Dr Ab­dul Rah­man Sharaf, act­ing di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Train­ing Ser­vice Cen­tre and gen­eral co­or­di­na­tor of the He­maya Forum.

He stated the forum will dis­cuss the var­i­ous drug is­sues that are ex­pected by 2030.

“The forum plans to ex­plore all op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able with a for­ward-look­ing mind­set and this will in­volve the ef­forts taken by drug con­trol agen­cies, physi­cians, phar­ma­cists, health and ther­a­peu­tic per­son­nel work­ing in the field of drug abuse and ad­dic­tion.”

Colonel Khalid Bin Moy­azeh, deputy di­rec­tor of Anti-Nar­cotic De­part­ment of Dubai Po­lice, ex­plained that the forum has de­voted a youth di­a­logue ses­sion on ‘Youth’s roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the pre­ven­tion of nar­cotic drugs and psy­chotropic sub­stances: Strat­egy and Em­pow­er­ment Tools.

Colonel Bin Moy­azeh added that the forum will at­tract more than 40 or­gan­i­sa­tions from the re­gion and the world, show­cas­ing the lat­est prod­ucts and ser­vices. The forum will be held on Fe­bru­ary 11-12 at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, especially in over­com­ing the com­plex is­sues of drugs, in or­der to im­ple­ment proper treat­ment mech­a­nisms and re­ha­bil­i­tate those af­fected by drug is­sues.

The sub­ject of this year’s forum is ti­tled ‘Fore­see­ing the Future of the Global Com­bat of Nar­cotic Drugs and Psy­chotropic Sub­stances: Pre­dic­tions, Prepa­ra­tions and Pre­ven­tion Strate­gies for 2030’, said Ma­jor-Gen­eral Mo­ham­mad Saeed Al Merri, As­sis­tant Com­man­der-in-Chief for Com­mu­nity Hap­pi­ness and Lo­gis­tics at Dubai Po­lice.

“This year, the forum is ex­pected to have par­tic­i­pants from more than 30 coun­tries. Most of the par­tic­i­pants who are from the po­lice forces in their re­spec­tive coun­tries are high-rank­ing of­fi­cials,” he said.

He noted that it was one of the most prom­i­nent events in the re­gion “to un­der­stand and over­come drug is­sues in our communities”, or­gan­ised by the Dubai Po­lice in co­op­er­a­tion with the United Na­tions and a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional part­ners.

The future has many chal­lenges re­lated to com­bat­ing drugs as deal­ers are in­creas­ingly us­ing so­cial me­dia net­works to pro­mote drugs among youth.

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