Drug use in The Gulf, an unspoken taboo

  • By Evan Perkins
  • Editor: Yasmin Sadiq

The hidden taboo of drug use in the GCC

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As modern life increases in pace, difficulties and stress, many cultures across the globe are currently battling increasing drug problems among youth.  The youth are the future leaders of any society, the ramifications of a drug-addicted generation are immediately evident.

The US and UK struggle with increasing drug use amongst youth age 18 – 26, with London claiming the crown of Cocaine Capitol of Europe.

The issue of narcotic use to escape social issues is not confined to Western nations however, many conservative cultures suffer epidemics in silence.

In the GCC, Crystal Meth and prescription pill abuse has long been rising among the youth, those future leaders who will one day hold office, lead society, steer the course of history and form the corner stones of society and culture.

With a 280 percent increase of Crystal Meth and Captagon smuggling into the UAE between 2015 and 2016 and seizures of these illicit drugs continuing in 2017 its evident at a glance the risk this poses to young Emiraties. Having interviewed several youth myself, its clear the problem is widespread, far beyond what many may perceive.

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Drugs in the UAE

The UAE is a drug transshipment country for traffickers due to its proximity to Southwest Asian drug producing nations. Drug trafficking is a major form of crime in the UAE and the nation has a zero tolerance policy towards illegal drug use. Possession of the smallest amount of illegal drugs is punishable by a minimum of four years’ imprisonment.

Minister of Interior for the UAE, said that over the last three years and average of 6.1 out of every million people in the UAE died from abusing drugs. That was up from 4.5 out of every million in 2013, and rising steadily each year by as much as 25% per year. The figures are low compared to countries such as Scotland with a dismal 149.1 per million, however; the UAE has one of the fasting growing user and trafficking rates. The UAE also has a very severe zero tolerance legal stance on drug use, supply and possession. All together, it is a cultural taboo that is not spoken of, but destroys many families and communities every year.



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