The Ministry of Interior’s Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs organised the first training workshop on the hazards of drugs and alcohol last week for the employees of Qatar’s leading taxi service, Karwa.

The workshop, which concluded on Wednesday 22 January 2014, were accumulated with lectures on introducing different types narcotic substances, and the legal effect of abuse and trafficking in narcotics, and how to identify the individual addicted to drugs.

Established in 1999 according to the decree No 1 issued by the Council of Ministers, the Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs was amended by the decree No 12 for the year 2001 in the framework of Arab strategy for combating illegal consumption of drugs and other mental stimulants, which stipulates that, formation of such committees should comprise officials from social affairs, health, media, education and security sectors. The committee suggests broad policy for combating, treatment and rehabilitation in the field of illegal consumption of drugs and alcohols; drafts necessary plans and programmes to execute the common in the above article and follow up of its implementation; prepares awareness programmes by publishing printed matters and booklets and to organise lectures and conferences or any other activity that can support the initiative of countering drugs; cooperatees with concerned departments to supervise on the treatment and rehabilitation centers; develops and promotes cooperation with regional and international establishments and organisations that have relation with the functions of the committee in order to take part in exchanging expertise and information and to convoy with the technical and scientific development in its mission; follows up the implementation of decisions and recommendations issued at national, regional and international level that are concerned with drugs affairs and much more.

According to Major Ibrahim Al Somaih, the Secretary of PCDAA, the training camp was organised as part of implementing the National Strategy for Drug Control 2010-15 encoded by Weqaya. Different sessions were set up for Arabic and non-Arabic speaking communities.

According to Khalid Hassan Yaqoub Kaffod, the Public Relations Director of Karwa, the company will join hands with the PCDAA to organise extensive training sessions for the hundreds employees of the company from different ethics and different languages to achieve better results on drug awareness after they are divided into smaller groups of 50 persons in each. Participation and appreciation certificates were distributed at the end of the event.

Qatar customs authorities claim to catch 90% of drug mules. Drug smugglers caught in Qatar face severe sentences, including the death penalty.