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Drug prevention: a matter of joining forces.

Yesterday, in a full auditorium of the Dhofar University in Salalah, in cooperation with Dhofar Sports, Cultural and Social Club, under the auspices of the Dhofar Municipality, the Ministry of Education together with the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and the Ministry of Health started a drug awareness campaign for schools.

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A short film made in Dhofar, lectures and a sketch done by the students of the University, try to give a clear picture of the situation in Oman and particularly Dhofar. After the lectures questions could be asked. The message was clear: fighting drugs is a communal issue and is the responsibility of everyone, from individual, up to government institutes, security services and private organizations.

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In the past years and also in 2014 several articles to make the public aware were and are published. In “Combating drug abuse in Oman in Oman Daily Observer one can read: “By December 2011, as many as 3.000 cases of drug abuse were registered by the Royal Oman Police (ROP). Moreover, many cases of drug abuse go unregistered. According to official sources around 35 cases of drug abuse by women were registered in 2011 as compared to 25 in 2010. The drug dealers are now targeting children as they easily fall prey to addiction. During 2012, as many as 2.100 people were arrested for drug trafficking, as against 1,417 in 2010, and 1,048 in 2009. A large quantity of hashish, heroin, opium, morphine, khat and pills has been seized in these raids. An emphasis on the use of media tools such as print, radio, television, Internet, SMS as well as social media in the anti-drug campaigns can go a long way in exposing those behind drug trafficking.” In “Shura to prepare report on drug abuse in Oman,” in Gulfnews.com one can read: “With the Royal Oman Police (ROP) relentlessly pursuing drug traffickers and addicts, the Shura Council in the country also took up the issue that has plagued the society in recent years….. The Shura decided to entrust the Defence, Security and Foreign Relations Committee with the task of studying this issue and preparing a comprehensive report on it, according to a report by Oman News Agency.

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In “Spreading awareness against drug abuse” in Oman Daily Observer, initiatives of the ROP were appreciated and encouraged. Especially the youth is focused as the majority of the drug addicts in Oman are teenagers, including school and college students. That’s why actions like the event in the Dhofar University are necessary.

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Still ROP calls up citizens and residents to report drug abuse and trafficking-related activities on 9999 or 1444.

 

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