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21st November 2017

UNODC: Afghanistan should make drug control a national priority

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yuri Fedotov, said Wednesday that Afghanistan should make drug control a national priority, and the international community should actively support the country in this area.

"It is essential that the international community provide more assistance to Afghanistan, and Afghanistan, of course, has to show political will, but that is not enough. The drug problem in Afghanistan must be made a national issue," Fedotov told Sputnik. Many things like corruption and crime are related to drugs.”

Fedotov pointed out that when Afghan authorities interpret the current situation in the field of the drug control, they often refer to the difficult political and security situation in their country, "This may be the cause, as we feel it in our Office on Drugs and Crime, and we were compelled to reduce our activities in Afghanistan; in fact, the work of our experts in the provinces was terminated, where they were previously working in the field of alternative development projects, and the staff only remained in Kabul, but we were also forced to reduce them, as the threats and security attacks on our office became more systematic. "

At the same time, Fedotov said that in order to finally solve the drug problem in Afghanistan, there was a need to work inside the country, as in other countries, like in Thailand for example.

"Without resolving the problems of Afghanistan, it will not be possible to completely stop the supply of drugs from this country, taking into consideration the nature of the border in the region," the head of the UNODC said.

Earlier today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) presented a report on the opium production in Afghanistan at the UN headquarters in Vienna. The report’s results indicate an unprecedented growth in opium poppy cultivation - 63 per cent to 1,000 hectares ; therefore, opium production in Afghanistan in 2017 could reach 9,000 tons of opium equivalent.

It was also reported that the report had been coordinated with the Ministry of Drug Control in Afghanistan.

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20th November 2017

Poll: More than half of Germans are opposed to cannabis legalization

63 per cent of the surveyed Germans expressed their opposition to the legalization of cannabis use, compared to only 34 per cent who supported the legalization of cannabis purchase. This issue interests also German political parties.

A recent poll found that about 63 per cent of Germans are opposed to the legalization of cannabis use. While only 34 per cent of respondents believe that adults should be able to purchase cannabis for their own use in specialist shops.

The purchase or possession of cannabis in Germany is prohibited, but doctors are allowed to prescribe cannabis as a painkiller for some patients since the beginning of the current year.

In a related context, the Free Democratic Party and the Green Party are seeking to legalize the consumption of cannabis as part of negotiations to form a governing coalition with the Christian Alliance, which belongs to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who opposes legalization of cannabis abuse.

Moreover, 70 per cent of women in general, 72 per cent of women over 60 and 72 per cent of the supporters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) were against legalizing the possession and purchase of cannabis. 56 per cent of men surveyed said they were also against the legalization of the drug.

On the other hand, 43 per cent of those under the age of 30 supported the legalization of cannabis, as well as 55 per cent of the Left Party, 46 per cent of the Green Party and 41 per cent of the Alternative for Germany Party.

Forsa research institute collected survey results from 1,000 German citizens on November 7th and 8th.

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19th November 2017

65 Saudi women fight drugs professionally through the Nebras program

Sixty-five Saudi women are fighting against drugs professionally through the Nebras program. The National Commission for the Control of Narcotics represented by the National Project for the Prevention of Drugs i.e. Nebras organized, in collaboration with the General Directorate for the fight against drugs, a training program entitled “Preparing Trainers for the Prevention against Drugs and Psychotropic Substances”, with the participation of more than 65 women interns from various partner sectors. The event took place at the headquarters of the Secretariat.

The Director of Women's Program Administration, Ms. Hana Abdullah Al Freeh, explained that the purpose of this program is to train specialists in the field of training, education and drug prevention. The session will continue for 5 days (25 training hours in total) in all sectors, including the specialized sector for children.

The training program: preparation of trainers in the field of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances prevention

The program included two presentations to trainees: the first was a visual presentation about the state's efforts in the field of the fight against drugs, and the second an introduction about the National Project for the Prevention of Drugs (Nebras). Afterwards, the educational supervisor at the Department of Education in Riyadh, Sahar Abdulrahman Attiya, presented a summary about training and effective communication skills of the trainee, as they are one of the basics of training, in additions to how to communicate interesting information to the recipient

On the other hand, the program will focus on the phenomenon of the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, with the intervention of the director of the development and training unit of the women's section of the General Directorate for Combating drug, Nawal Mansour Al-Zamil. The program will also offer a lecture on children and values, presented by the professor at the Faculty of Education of King Saud University, Ghada Ahmed Amir.

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18th November 2017

All you need to know about Flakka

Flakka drug is produced in China and was recently marketed in the US. It is considered far more dangerous than cocaine and heroin, and has dramatically spread recently. Flakka is a very powerful psychostimulant that turns its consumers into a zombie and cannibal.

What are Flakka pills?

Flakka pills are a type of drug that turns the individual completely away from reality. The scientific name of these pills is "Alpha-PVP" (Alpha-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone) and sometimes they are called Gravel. Initially, Flakka was sold on the Internet through the online service and is manufactured in China and India. This drug looks similar to white grains of salt and is composed of a mixture of several harmful chemicals. Flakka pills are consumed similarly like other drugs; through smoking, electronic cigarettes or through traditional methods such as inhalation, sniffing, injection or by placing them under the tongue.

The effect of Flakka on the human being

One of the most common symptoms known to the Flakka user is the sensation of intense heat where body temperature can rise up to 41 degrees Celsius. This heat generates in the user strange behaviors, such as tearing his clothes or running in the streets as if there were ferocious animals that chasing him. The consumer of these pills experiences extraordinary strength due to increased levels of adrenaline. Flakka pills contain very toxic substances that can lead to death due to kidney damage or increased heart rate with high blood pressure. It also causes severe hearing and sight hallucinations with a keen sense of hyperactivity that lead to violence or suicide.

After the spread of the Flakka pills in the United States, some US reports have shown that there were 38 cases of use of this drug in 2013. Then, the figure increased to 228 cases in 2014 and 275 cases in the first third of 2015. Flakka's consumption statistics were limited in only four states in America: Texas, Ohio, Florida and Tennessee. After these alarming statistics, the National Institute of Drug Addiction declared that the human being completely lost his wit after only three consumptions of this narcotic.

It should be noted that the Florida police reported that they ordered the execution of a person in 2014 for attacking teenagers and trying to bite them in the face. The police then discovered that there was a strong correlation between the occurrence of such cases and the use of Flakka pills.

How were Flakka pills banned?      

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is having trouble monitoring the entry of Flakka narcotic pills in the country because drug traffickers place their order online and receive them by mail. These transactions occur despite the fact that Flakka pills are banned in the United States.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia issued orders and guidelines that were published in the "Okaz" Saudi newspaper stating that anyone who tried to import or export Flakka pills must be punished, adding that maximum penalty will be imposed on their importer, manufacturer, grower, consumer and producer.

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16th November 2017

Addiction: 50% of addicts can recover without help

A study in the United States looked at addictions and how addicts manage to recover from it. It turned out that almost half of the respondents recovered from their addiction alone.

From alcohol, drugs or tobacco... addictions are numerous and recovering from it is often very difficult. Researchers at the Massachusetts Central Hospital Recovery Research Institute (MGH) conducted a study to understand how addicts manage to break out of addiction. Nearly half of the surveyed addicts managed to recover by themselves.

One out of two addicts recovers by himself

54% of those who reported resolving an addiction or alcohol problem did so through a self-help group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Anti-relapse treatments are also frequently used and 20% of them have used detoxification centers or community groups to recover. This represents only half of the addicts, the rest said to have managed alone.

Trying alone is not a bad solution

Getting out alone is an idea that lacks credibility in the public’s eyes.

John Kelly, director of the Recovery Research Institute, led this study. He explains, "Many clinicians and researchers, just like the general public, think that to solve a drug or alcohol problem, you have to go to a drug rehabilitation center, take a treatment or go to an association like Alcoholics Anonymous. Our research has shown that while many who are very addicted follow this path, many do not. This shows that we need to broaden our perspectives on this topic."

In the United States, about 80 million people face a problem of alcoholism or drug addiction. Of these, 22 million suffer from a complete alcohol or opioid addiction disorder.

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15th November 2017

Nebras: training sessions for ports’ border guards

The Secretary General of the National Commission for the Control of Narcotic Drugs, Deputy General Director of Anti-Drug Preventive Affairs, President of the "Nebras" Project, AbduIlah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, revealed the implementation of several Nebras training sessions at all border crossing points to locate training, educate and sensitize border guard employees.

Al-Sharif pointed out that the kingdom is exposed to a fierce war that targets the minds and abilities of its young people through drugs. So, we must become aware of the seriousness of the current situation, by supporting our leadership, our unity and solidarity against the enemies of the homeland and by taking precautions against all those who are trying to threaten the safety of the country by trapping our youth in the vicious circle of drugs and drug addiction.

This speech took place during the inauguration of the activities of the "Educational Forum for Prevention in Military Environments" which took place at the headquarters of the Border Guard General Directorate in Riyadh, in cooperation with the National Commission of Control narcotics represented by the national project for the prevention of drugs "Nebras".

The Director of Security and Intelligence Service of Border Guards, Major General Mohammed Chahri, said in a speech delivered on behalf of the Director General of the Border Guard and member of the National Commission for the Control of Narcotics, that the border guards invest all their strength, in all air, land and sea ports, to protect our country and citizens face the gangs that target our youth through the scourge of drugs. The activities of the Forum began with a visual presentation on the Anti-Drug Efforts and a documentary on the National Project for Drug Prevention (Nebras).

Furthermore, scientific sessions began with a conference entitled "Drug Damage and Methods of Protection Against These Risks", followed by two working papers, the first was on the types of drugs and their chemical composition, and the second focused on treatment and rehabilitation.

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