DUBAI, 11th March, 2018 (WAM) — The 13th ‘Hemaya International Forum & Exhibition on Drug Issues’ starts tomorrow, Monday, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This year’s two-day forum is being held under the theme ‘Foreseeing the Future of the Global Combat of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: Predictions, Preparations and Prevention Strategies for 2030,’ and will feature a number of panel discussions, workshops and an exhibition.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, the forum aims to develop long-term proactive solutions to the issues and challenges observed with combating drugs. This has become an urgent need which requires institutions as well as government and private entities to adopt a policy that considers ‘foreseeing the future’ as a method and framework for their work, especially since the misuse of drugs is a complex and difficult issue, both in terms of drug control operations and prevention programmes with regards to the issues of treatment and rehabilitation within the community.
It is necessary to develop sophisticated scientific methodologies that keep abreast of the latest developments, are fully aware of the reality of the problem, foresee the future, understand the nature of transformation and developments and enhance the ability to deal with all of these aspects.
Participants from more than 30 Arab and foreign countries will take part in the forum. It will have five general themes.
The Knowledge and Science topic will address foreseeing the future, along with theories and applications related to this and the way in which these can be used in dealing with the phenomenon of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. UN models will be put forward for discussion. The forum will also deal with the work of research centres on the subject.
The second theme, Legislative and Legal, will address the implications of the results of assessments of future topics on the international and national legislative systems. It will also look at legislation.
In the Field and Preventive theme, there will be discussion of how to predict developments in the field of drug smuggling and promotion of drug use, along with their implications for regional monitoring and analysis programmes.
In the Health and Therapeutic them, topics to be discussed will include psychiatric illnesses and predictions of trends in drug abuse in 2030, the preparedness of therapeutic institutions, research centres and pharmaceutical manufacturers to deal with the expected challenges at that time and the impact of social media on abuse patterns and trends.
The Socio-Economic theme will discuss the social and economic problems, the challenges they are expected to pose in 2030, mechanisms to deal with problems to combat drugs and psychotropic substances, trends and patterns of drug abuse and their socio-economic impact. Patterns of predicted family development and its influence on drug abuse trends will also be discussed.
The forum will have a special youth circle on the “roles and responsibilities of young people in the prevention of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances strategy and enablers”, which is in line with the Forum’s themes and objectives. It will be held in partnership with the Youth Leadership Council of Dubai Police.
Parallel to the forum, an associated exhibition will include a number of local and international exhibitors from the UAE and abroad, notably the National Service and Reserve Authority, Dubai Customs, Nebras Enterprise (National Drug Prevention Program in Saudi Arabia), Ghiras (National Awareness Project of Drug Prevention in Kuwait), National Anti-Narcotics Council in the UAE and major companies and institutions involved in the pharmaceutical industry.
The Forum also includes a platform for social media users involving more than 70 influencers on social media, with the objective of building a virtual alliance to combat drugs abuse across various social networking sites that have a major impact on society.
The Hemaya International Forum on Drug Issues is organided by the Dubai Police in partnership with INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, and in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and a number of regional and international partners.