Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

Governments need to tap social media influencers to help play raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. (SPA file photo)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

JEDDAH: The role of social media influencers in helping to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs was highlighted during a forum organized by the women’s supervision division of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Riyadh.

Titled “The Determination of a Nation,” the event, at the National Center for Measurement and Evaluation in Higher Education, was part of a program to support the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Attended by a number of social-media celebrities and followers, the event was accompanied by an awareness exhibition featuring drug samples and smuggling tools.

Women’s supervision director Mona Al-Sherbini said: “The issue of drugs, its size, the ways to address it and the fact that it targets the young generation pushed us to give it more attention and care. These efforts will not work unless all concerned parties stick together and stop this issue from spreading in our society. This made it our responsibility, along with social media influencers, to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.” 

The forum also included a screening of a documentary that explores the efforts of those involved in the fight against drugs, ways to deal with addicts, the role families play in the recovery process, cybercrimes, mental toughness, and treatment methods.

 

 


Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

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Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan has been the undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research since June 2018. 

Al-Hamdan recently announced that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance had started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program, which will oversee the distribution of 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals to pilgrims. Fifty-two books in more than 30 languages have reportedly been approved as part of the program.

Al-Hamdan also noted that the Islamic electronic library has created a website containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of books related to Hajj and Umrah: www.islamic-ebook.com. The portal will be made available for public use at every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and “important sites.”

In 2018, Al-Hamdan was part of two significant Saudi Arabian delegations overseas. In November, he traveled to the 31st Conference of Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference explored the possibilities of teaching Arabic in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was organized by the Center for Islamic Advocacy in Brazil in cooperation with the Islamic Ministry in the Kingdom.

Al-Hamdan also visited several cities in Serbia where he met with Chief of Scholars in Belgrade Sheikh Saad Nasovic, and other prominent figures from the Muslim community in Serbia.