2001 News Story

Prince Nayef urges increased efforts to end drug abuse

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has issued directives for a comprehensive national anti-drug campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of drug abuse. The campaign will focus on educational institutions and young people, with the cooperation of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call, and Guidance, as well as the ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, Health, and Education. Saudi Arabia is a signatory of the international agreement on combating the abuse of drugs and mental stimulants, and has also signed a number of bilateral agreements with neighboring countries on the eradication of drug abuse. The Anti-Drug Administration and the National Committee for Combating Drug Abuse play significant roles in arresting drug traffickers and peddlers, preventing the spread of drugs, and rehabilitating drug addicts.