Drug abuse has spread widely in Kuwait until this scourge has reached children and adolescents, after the emergence of cheap drugs that they can buy. One of the statistics for this year indicated that there are more than 40,000 addicts in Kuwait, although the official numbers registered with the Ministry of Health are much lower. A Kuwaiti newspaper, quoting informed sources, revealed that drugs are behind 65 percent of the crimes that occur in the country, whether they are using, selling or promoting drugs.
Specialists in this field emphasized that the recent increase in violence and crime rates in Kuwait is mainly caused by drug abuse. Inferior types of cheap drugs, which cause devastating health risks, have spread among young people and adolescents in Kuwait. The data reveal that there are 35 drug cases out of every 50 cases heard by the courts and investigated by the security services in the country.
In Kuwait, 650 people died of drug overdoses during 9 years (2012-2020), most of them were Kuwaiti citizens 400 dead, then unidentified (Bidoon) 34 killed, Egyptian community 33, Saudis 20, Iranians 18, and Indians 10 , as a result of drug abuse, while the remaining number was distributed among several different countries.
The Director of Al-Sabah Specialized Medical District, Executive Director of the “Grass” project, Dr. Ahmed Al-Shatti, that the number of deaths in the State of Kuwait resulting from addiction to narcotics, psychotropic substances and alcohol, during the past five years, reached 327 deaths. He also confirmed that the number of defendants in drug cases in Kuwait, according to the statistics of the last 5 years, amounted to 8,177 defendants in about 9,787 cases, including defendants who possessed narcotic substances with intent to abuse, accused of trafficking, and others brought them from abroad.
He added that there are more than 900 types of synthetic drugs, which contain chemicals that destroy the cells of the body, pointing out that the number of deaths globally exceeds 500,000 people annually, due to the diversity of narcotics, the diversity of manufacturing processes, and the misuse of medical drugs. Dr. mentioned. Al-Shatti said that global deaths due to opium and its derivatives increased by 71 percent in the last ten years.
Kuwait is waging a fierce war over the increase in drug smuggling operations into the country by land, sea and air, due to its proximity to areas where narcotics of all kinds are produced. The legal legislation is the cornerstone for confronting drug crimes, so Kuwaiti law raises drug crimes to the rank of felony, and the punishment has been increased for those who import or bring drugs up to the death penalty.
Criminal legislation is the effective and influential tool of the state for deterrence, and in light of this, drug crime is one of the central pillars on which the Kuwaiti Penal Code is based, and this has been since the issuance of the Kuwaiti Penal Code No. 16 of 1960, which included many penalties in the face of this crime. However, the penalties in this law were not sufficient, so Law No. 74 of 1983 was issued regarding combating drugs and regulating their use and trafficking, and Law No. 48 of 1987 on combating psychotropic substances. These two laws organized and abolished the previous legislation, and drug crimes were raised to the rank of felony. Law No. 13 of 1995 was also issued to amend some provisions of Law No. 74 of 1983 in the matter of combating drugs and regulating their use and trafficking, which increased the penalty for those who imported or brought drugs, up to the death penalty. It has been found in many studies prepared by the Ministry of Justice that many death sentences have been issued against drug traffickers during the previous years, while the maximum sentences have also amounted to life imprisonment.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Shatti stressed that immunizing society and raising family awareness, in turn, is the first line of defense to prevent the spread of drugs and psychotropic substances, and thus reduce deaths resulting from them, pointing out that bad friends are one of the sources of drug acquisition. “Among the reasons for taking this drug is the weakness of religious faith, love of experiment and tradition, in addition to family disintegration, poor choice of friends, and the wrong use of modern technology,” he said.
He explained that among the most prominent phenomena associated with addiction are theft, mood swings, tension and nervousness for the least reason, changing the shape of the eyes, poor memory, deterioration in academic achievement, the presence of injection effects on the hands, and the spread of burns on clothes as a result of igniting cigarettes without concentration.
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