Dubai police help ‘best student’ beat drug addiction


Dubai police helped a student overcome his drug addiction after the boy’s father reported him to authorities for help.

The 19-year-old used drug-soaked paper he bought online. Police did not say which drug was used.

“The father asked the Hemaya center of the Dubai police for help. This shows increased public awareness, ”said Colonel Abdullah Al Khayat, director of the center.

The Hemaya Center helps people fight and prevent drug addiction by offering rehabilitation programs and counseling.

“The man told us that his son, who was an excellent student, was withdrawn, slept too long and would be easily provoked. He had started smoking the medwakh pipe (used to smoke a type of tobacco), ”Colonel Al Khayat said.

The man said he searched his son’s belongings and found an empty small plastic bag hidden between the cell phone and its blanket.

“Although it was empty, it worried him because his son was hiding it,” Colonel Al Khayat said.

When brought to the center, the teenager said he smoked drug-soaked pieces of A4 paper after being convinced by friends. He received support from the rehabilitation experts at the center.

“This is a new method where ordinary lined papers are soaked in synthetic drugs which are more dangerous than hashish,” Colonel Al Khayat said.

The boy said he bought the newspaper from an online drug dealer and fell unconscious after smoking it.

“The dealers are looking for new ways and new channels to promote their poison but the police are always vigilant,” the officer said.

The changes to the UAE’s drug law, which were made in 2016, have helped many men and women seek help.

Section 43 of the UAE Drug Law prohibits criminal prosecution of a person if he or his family has notified the police or a treatment unit.

People who approach the authorities have been counseled and placed in a rehabilitation program.

They also received medical treatment and were supported by group sessions and therapy.

“His parent played a key role in saving his son, unlike some who ignore the significant changes in their children’s behavior,” Colonel Al Khayat said.

“Bad friends can lead to drug addiction and young people should be more careful when offered to try illegal substances.”

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Update: September 23, 2021, 7:27 a.m.


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