Dubai has been in continuous and remarkable growth for decades, exemplifying the inspiration and diligence of the region as it improves services and highlights its cultural specialties to its residents and to the world at large. But as with every area of the world, Dubai experiences a considerable drug addiction issue within its native population, and helping residents overcome their addictions and create a safer and more prosperous society is at the top of the to-do list for many officials and organizations. Recently, in an effort to gain a better understanding of the nature of the drug use issue within Dubai, a study was conducted by the local police and a social specialist.
The results of the study returned fairly interesting information; analyzing the precise demographics of drug addicts associated with an array of substances, the research team found that more than half had previously been employed in law enforcement, and nearly a quarter were schoolchildren. While both groups may be at a high risk for developing substance abuse issues, the significant percentages indicate a pronounced concern within Dubai, as well as a clear direction for the application of social services and mental health care for addiction. Additionally, the study may spawn investigations into the treatment of scheduled substances within law enforcement facilities.
Among the substances found to be most prevalent in Dubai, medicinal drugs for pain relief and other physical symptoms were shown to be in widespread use. Targeting leniency of medical prescriptions, along with providing greater education about substance abuse and more easily accessible treatment options, is likely to be explored in the quest to help Dubai strengthen its growing position as a prosperous home and an attractive destination.
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