NRC celebrates the World Drug Day

ABU DHABI: The National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) is marking World Drug Day, today, June 26th, by setting up stands in shopping malls to spread its message on drug abuse to visitors, especially youths.

The NRC has reported that it has received many inquiries from mall visitors related to the centre’s role in treating and rehabilitating patients and how they help reintegrate them back into the community.

“Drugs affect a person s family relationships, status and most importantly, his/her health. We ve spent the last week reaching out to mall goers to talk to them about the dangers of drug abuse, but to also reassure them that help is available,” commented Dr. Ali Hassan Al Marzooqi, Director of Public Health and Research at the National Rehabilitation Centre.

“We want to inform people that if they or their loved ones are suffering, there s help it s comprehensive and anonymous. We re asking people to help us reduce or prevent addiction within the community, and World Drug Day is the perfect chance for us to do so,” he added.

The NRC has been at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi and Dalma Mall this entire week and the stands have been frequented by several hundred people. The free clinic , operated by experts from the NRC, saw several youths inquire about the services NRC offers, and the doctor-patient confidentiality.

Taking inspiration from what was being said about drugs and the effects on one s health, two female Zayed University students created a mini-film on drug abuse and its effect on the brain. NRC decided to show the film at the stand and it was widely received.

The National Rehabilitation Centre was established in May 2002 on the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and is maintained under the auspices of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.