Drug abuse down 9%, says AND director

Drug AND Drugs Police PSD
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AMMAN — Director of the Anti-Narcotics Department (AND) Col. Hassan Al-Qudah said that according to international classifications, Jordan is still a transit area for narcotics, and not a destination, a local TV outlet reported on Friday.اضافة اعلان

Qudah said that the reason for the recent increase in cases of drug use and traffic — and subsequent seizures — are the growing traffickers’ attempts to smuggle their goods through Jordan to neighboring countries.

He added that the AND works to bring supply and demand down, by conducting raids and arresting dealers and traffickers, while spreading awareness and offering treatment.

The department, he said, works based on three axes: operational, educational, and therapeutic.

Regarding the operational axis, Qudah said that the number of drug cases in the country had reached 15,308 since the beginning of the year, of which 4,334 cases are of trafficking and 10,974 cases are of drug abuse, noting a 5 percent, and 9 percent decrease, respectively, compared to last year.

Regarding the therapeutic aspect, Qudah said that the department receives cases that voluntarily seek treatment, and deals with them confidentially and free of charge.

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