Rise seen in drug-related crimes, violence
KUWAIT CITY, May 25: The Secretary- General of the Arab Union for the Prevention of Addiction, Dr. Khaled Al-Saleh, affirmed that awareness-raising and anti-drug programs in Kuwait have decreased by 50 percent and called for activating awareness-raising activities in the field of drug control. In a press statement yesterday he said he was not surprised by the information revealed by the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait regarding the increase in the number of people arrested for drug peddling and drug abuse, pointing out that the statistics showed most of the abusers and traffickers are unfortunately the citizens. He added in recent times the country has seen an increase in the number of crimes and violence related to drug use. He indicated Kuwait is one of the countries where young people make up the largest proportion, and it is a country in the process of growth and progress and needs all the efforts of young people to build their country, so drug abuse constitutes the greatest danger to development of Kuwait and directly affects the largest segment of the Kuwaiti people. He stressed the events of recent months show the Gulf Cooperation Council countries have been targeted for the spread these drugs among the younger generation.
He said, “The drug smuggling activities have taken different form and shape in our countries, and that manufactured narcotic substances, especially hallucinogens and Captagon, have become the materials that are popular which causes very serious health, mental and behavioral damage.” As a result of this the young people and their families suffer from social, security and economic problems that harm society in general, and the health of individuals and their families. He made a mention of the National Anti-Narcotics Committee, which has achieved great successes in the past. Dr. Al-Saleh, the General Secretariat of the Arab Union for the Prevention of Addiction, as well as the Kuwaiti Committee for Drug Control, has in its membership a group of specialists in drug control, and seeks to take the opportunity of the International Drug Control Month in June, approved by the United Nations to combat drug abuse and illicit trafficking to activate drug control awareness activities. He called on all interested and concerned parties to participate in this campaign and said a workshop will be held virtually on June 26 to combat drugs. By Marwa Al-Bahrawi Al-Seyassah , Arab Times Staff