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Drug addiction in the UAE costs $1.49bn each year

National Rehabilitation Centre says costs to economy of addiction include treatment and loss of productivity

Drug addiction in the UAE costs $1.49bn each year
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The UAE’s National Rehabilitation Centre has revealed that drug addiction costs the country $1.49 billion every year.

Arabic daily newspaper Al Ittihad reports that the cost related to drug addiction includes a number of factors, including the cost of treatment as well as losses in productivity.

NRC revealed its findings at a two-day workshop in Abu Dhabi on “mechanisms on setting up a national drug-monitoring system”, which will look at the history and objectives of drug centres.

The NRC said it intends to release the full details of its national survey on the economic burden of drug use, conducted conjunction with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in May this year.

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Djamilya 5 years ago

Alcohol is a slow killer that is completely destroying your life. Society underestimates its terrible consequences. I used to think the same way until my close one got in the trouble. It took so much time and efforts to get out of this deadly trap. We even had to go Kyrgyzstan on our own hook, as we heard that there is a clinic there applying completely new method of alcoholism treatment. Thanks to doctor Nazaraliev for saving us. From my side, I can advise not to neglect this illness and take measures as soon as possible, do not let you close ones to fall into an alcoholic snare.