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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 25/09/2012

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman has witnessed a rise in the number of drug cases in the past six years. The numbers have grown from 271 in 2006 to 423 in 2011, a 56 per cent rise, statistics from the Ibn Sina Hospital, show.The hospital, Oman's only drug rehab centre, has treated 1,945 patients from 2006 to 2011. ''Of the total drug users treated at the hospital, most of them were aged between 20 and 30 years,'' said Dr Amira bint Abdul Mohsin al Raaidan, chairperson of the Al Hayat Association, a pyschiatrist at Ibn Sina Hospital and also a member at the National Committee of Drugs and Psychotropic Affairs.According to Dr Amira, Muscat governorate recorded the highest number with 1,149 cases, followed by North Batinah with 316 cases. Only two cases were registered from Al Wusta. ''Of the total cases, 626 drug addicts had preparatory, 469 had elementary and 480 had high school education.'' Figures also showed that addiction was more common among the unmarried (1,155 cases) and the unemployed (1,023).''Of the total number of drug addicts treated at Ibn Sina, 1,009 were found to be intravenous drug users,'' Dr Amira said.Meanwhile, a six-day seminar on 'Awareness of Drugs' organised by Al Hayat Association, an NGO working on rehabilitation of drug addicts began at Caledonian College Hall on Saturday.The main speaker of the event is Abdul Latif Ahmed al Said, vice-president of supervising & training on addiction and mental health at Al Amal Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.The morning sessions focus on the theme How to understand and help an addict' while the evenings feature lectures on Ways of recovering from addiction - Knowledge, awareness and skills'. The second session is largely targeted at officials from ministries, ROP, health centres, teams supporting Al Hayat in its awareness campaigns and support groups involved in counselling and awareness.''We also planing to open a rehabilitation centre at Al Hayat to provide counselling to drug users,'' said Dr Amira.Rise over the years
2006 2712007 2792008 2812009 3262010 3652011 423


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