Dubai Changes Drug Laws To Get Addicts Treatment

Dubai Changes Drug Laws To Get Addicts Treatment

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Dubai Has Some Of The Strictest Drug Laws In The World

Dubai, the most populated city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has a reputation for being one of the strictest localities in the world when it comes to drugs.

Possession of any drug – including marijuana – (even in the smallest amount) is a felony with a minimum four-year prison sentence. Until recently, even drug use was a felony. That meant that if someone admitted to using drugs or they were reported by a family member, they would go to prison.

However, Dubai has recently implemented a new law that will allow users to admit they have been using drugs so they can get the treatment they need.

Dubai Has Changed One Aspect Of Its Anti Narcotics Law So Addicts Can Get Treatment

In 2016, the UAE Anti Narcotics Law in Dubai (Article 43) was amended to change the crime of drug use from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Now, if someone comes forward and voluntarily admits to authorities that they have an addiction problem, they will be offered a place in a two-year rehabilitation program (some of which will be out-patient) as opposed to the previous severe penalty of a minimum of four years imprisonment and a minimum fine of Dhs10,000. As an exemption to Article 43, someone can now admit to using drugs only if they are willing to get help for their problem without fear of prosecution.

Furthermore, family members (parents, spouse and siblings only) can come forward to report the addiction problem of someone they love to get that person help. If the addicted person does not cooperate or respond positively treatment, however; exemption from prosecution will be rendered invalid and they will be incarcerated.

If You Have A Drug Problem In Dubai, DARA Thailand Can Help

If you live in Dubai and you have a problem with drugs, we can help. We do not believe someone with a drug problem is bad, we believe they are sick and need treatment. Here at DARA Thailand, we can provide you with the help you need to get your life on track without the fear of going to prison.

We promise that all of the information you share here at DARA Thailand will be kept in the strictest of confidence. We won’t disclose your secrets with anyone and will treat you with compassion and respect.

At DARA Thailand, we offer top-of-the-line addiction treatment services in the comfort of a resort-style facility. We have individualized programs tailored to meet your specific needs to give you all the tools you need to enjoy a life of sobriety.

Addiction Never Gets Better

Keep in mind that an addiction problem never gets better, it only gets worse. You won’t be able to treat your problem with drug addiction on your own. Just think about everything you have been through so far because of your problem. Are you ready to find a new way to live? We can help!

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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