Anti-drug program to be launched in schools

Updated 03 May 2014
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Anti-drug program to be launched in schools

The Ministries of Interior and Education will launch an anti-drug awareness program in schools soon to counter the growing trend of youngsters smoking tobacco and then moving on to cannabis and other hard drugs.
This comes hard on the heels of two new studies conducted by the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Narcotics Control showing that 10 percent of drug-addicted Saudis started smoking at primary school, 34 percent at intermediate level, and 26 percent at high school.
Abdul Ilah Al-Sharif, assistant director general of the directorate, said school-going children are the most vulnerable. He said parents must play a bigger role in monitoring their children between 12 and 20 years of age, according to local media.
Al-Sharif said other factors play a part in young people using drugs including peer pressure and little family support. He said the government seized 45 tons of cannabis last year, compared to 23 tons over the previous three years.
He said the program would include teachers in Makkah, Jeddah, Tabuk and Riyadh in phase one. The program is an initiative of the interior ministry that had been delayed since last year until an implementation plan could be completed.
Abdullah Hijazi, the director of a private school, said many parents are not aware of their children’s activities, including them mixing with drug-using friends.
Hijazi said many students smoke drugs outside of schools hours. He urged parents to watch their children more closely including questioning them about their whereabouts.
Al-Sharif had said previously that a new technical directorate has been established to track and arrest those who use social media websites to sell drugs. “The efforts of the directorate, police and other officials were successful in foiling several attempts to smuggle and sell drugs. Last year, the authorities investigated more than 37,000 cases of smuggling, possession, using, and transportation of drugs,” he said.


King Salman sends letters to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

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King Salman sends letters to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

  • Both El-Sisi and King Abdullah II conveyed their greetings to King Salman

RIYADH: King Salman sent letters to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II emphasising the strength of the historic relations between Saudi Arabia and their respective countries.
The king’s letter to El-Sisi stated the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen strategic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Egypt on various levels.
The letter to Egypt’s president was delivered as El-Sisi received the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan and Dr. Issam bin Saeed, a state minister and member of the cabinet.
The letter to Jordan was also delivered by the Saudi minister of state who was received by King Abdullah II.
Both El-Sisi and King Abdullah II conveyed their greetings to King Salman.