The economic cost of drug addiction in the UAE each year amounts to Dh5.5 billion,
according to a senior public health official.
The financial losses were calculated based on a 2012-15 study carried out
by the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in Abu Dhabi with the help of the UN Office for Drugs and
Crime, in addition to the participation of 20 departments and universities inside the UAE.
Dr Ali Hassan Al Marzouqi, Director of General Health and
Studies at NRC, told Gulf News that these figures take into account a number of factors,
such as losing a skilled person from society, losing their job, and then having to go find another person to replace them.
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