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Higher Committee for Combating of Drugs reviews mechanism to list new types of drugs

WAM ABU DHABI, May 25th, 2013 (WAM)–The Higher Committee for Combating of Drugs chaired by Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licensing, has discussed the listing of newly detected types of drugs, alternatives for hashish, and the recent discovered drugs such as phenazepam.

The committee reviewed the technical and legislative aspects of listing the manufactured drugs.

The meeting was attended by members from the Dubai Courts, Dubai Public Prosecution, Criminal Evidence from Dubai Police and Sharjah, the Ministry of Interior, the Criminal Security, the Ministry of Justice and members from the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi, Dubai Health Authority and a representative from the Federal Customs Authority, and members from the Registration and Drugs Control at the MoH.

Earlier, the MoH has received many comments from the Higher Administration for Drugs at the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Dubai Police, about the emergence of signs of this modern narcotic, which is manufactured in the country. They agreed that this phenomenon should be proactively studied and quickly listed under various drugs laws.

It has been decided to list these new drugs after completion of thorough study by technical panel to submit the report to Minister of Health, who expressed his concern. Subsequently, the report will be submitted to the Cabinet to study and endorse it so as to list the new drugs under the drugs law.

By doing so, the UAE will be among the first countries in the Middle East to list such drugs under its laws as a pre-emptive step to protect the UAE community from this hazardous substance, and punish those who enter it into the country, consume and transact it.

Dr Al Amiri called for setting a preventive strategy reduce demand and eradicate spread the narcotic drugs to protect the reputation of UAE and its community.

He commended the cooperation of official authorities nationwide that led to the detection of the local manufactured drugs and listing them early in the drugs tables.

Dr A Al Amiri said that the UAE was one of the first countries in the world and the first at the Gulf and Arab levels to alert about the danger of this phenomenon. He noted that the MoH in conjunction with competent authorities such as the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Justice and local police commands were dead set to combat the drugs amend laws and mechanisms to step up control over the narcotic drugs.

He added that the prescription of psychiatric and narcotic drugs have been standardised at the federal level to facilitate the process of overseeing of issuance of these medicines at the public and private sectors in collaboration with the General Directorate of Dubai Police.

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