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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

The Social Rehabilitation Centre

Hospital Specialities:

Treatment and rehabilitation of substance abusers.

Contact/ Address:

The Social Rehabilitation Centre
Equestrian Street
Doha
Region of Mars

Tel: +974 66933999
+974 44593444
Fax: +974 44806203
Email:info@src-qa.org
Website: www.src-qa.org

Qatar's only significant drug treatment presently (though plans are underway to create an official state-run centre in Doha). It provides a range of treatment services for the nation's relatively small number of people with drug dependencies. The Social Rehabilitation Centre offers both in-patient and out-patient treatment for addiction, as well as a mobile clinic unit.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Drug Enforcement Administration/ Department

Contact/ Address:

Drug Enforcement Department
P.O. Box 6797
Doha

Tel: 974 4826 000
Fax: 974 4826 000
Email: drug@moi.gov.qa

Website:

www.moi.gov.qa/site/arabic/departments/DrugsDept/

The main narcotics control authority in Qatar is the Drug Enforcement Department. The Drug Enforcement Department is based in Doha and is responsible for overseeing and coordinating narcotics control efforts.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

National Drug Control Strategy

Type:

Preventive

Publishing Authority:

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Date:

June 2010

Internet Link:

www.qnaol.net/QNAEn/Local_News/Politics1/Pages/NationalDrugControlStrategyLaunch26062010.aspx (news resource)

Publisher website:

www.moi.gov.qa

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Law No. 9, 1987, to Control Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances and to Regulate their Use and Trade therein

Published Authority:

Amir of the State of Qatar

Date:

20th April 1987

www.unodc.org/doc/enl/1987-62-E.pdf

Publisher website:

www.diwan.gov.qa/english/the_amir/default.htm


Name:

Law No. 19 of 1993 Regulating the Circulation of Psychotropic Substances

Published Authority:

Amir of the State of Qatar

Date:

1995

Internet Link:

www.unodc.org/doc/enl/1995-30-E.pdf

Publisher website:

www.diwan.gov.qa/english/the_amir/default.htm


Name:

Decision No. (8) of 1994 of the Minister of Public Health

Regulating the Circulation of Psychotropic Substances

Published Authority:

Ministry of Public Health

Date:

1994

Internet Link:

www.unodc.org/doc/enl/1995-31-E.pdf

Publisher Website:

www.hmc.org.qa/

Facts and stats

  • Qatar has severe punishments for drug offences, including substantial prison sentences and fines.
  • Alcohol consumption is only legal with a valid permit or in a properly licensed club or hotel.
  • According to the UN’s World Drugs Report in 2011, Qatar has seen an increase in illicit amphetamine use in recent years.
  • Despite only having a population of just under two million people, Qatar had the 17th highest rate of amphetamine seizures in the world in 2009. 759kg of amphetamines were seized, amounting to 1% of the global total.
  • Qatar has a mixed, predominantly Muslim population (77.5%). 40% of the population are of Arab ethnic origin, 18% are Indian, 18% are Pakistani, 10% Iranian, and 14% belong to other ethnic backgrounds.
  • As of 2012, Qatar has the highest net migration (the difference between people entering and leaving the country) rate in the world. According to the US Central Intelligence Agency, latest figures suggest that there are 40.62 migrants entering the country per thousand heads of population.
  • According to UN statistics, 150 people were treated for substance addictions in Qatar in 2008. No figures are available on what drugs were being abused by the individuals who sought treatment.
  • In 2009 the most common substances implicated in drug related deaths were opioids. Overdose deaths in the country are thought to be rare, but there are few statistics available to confirm this.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Qatar Foundation

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

Qatar Foundation4
PO Box 5825

Doha
Tel: +974 4454 0000
Fax: +974 4480 6117
Email: info@qf.org.qa
Website: www.qf.org.qa/

The Qatar Foundation was set up by the Emir of Qatar, Shekh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, in 1995. It deals with a range of social issues in the country, including drug related education, research and training.

Permanent Committee for Drug and Alcohol Affairs

Type:

Governmental

Address & Contact:

NA
Tel: 4481 9946
Fax: 4481 9937
Email: pcdaa@moi.gov.qa

Website:

www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/departments/NonDrugDrink/index.html

The Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs is part of Qatar's Ministry of Affairs, and is responsible for developing policies to combat drug addiction, including raising awareness, treatment and rehabilitation.


Global Sport For Youth

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

Global Sport Fund
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
PO box 7494
Doha
Qatar

Website:

www.globalsportforyouth.org

The Global Sport For Youth, or Global Sport Fund, is an organisation begun by the Qatar Olympic Committee and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Its main aim is to discourage young people from drug use through a variety of sport-orientated programmes.