Drug control in Egypt: Preparing for new legislation

Nesmahar Sayed , Thursday 25 Nov 2021

THE MINISTRIES of Justice and Social Solidarity sponsor the first training to raise awareness about Law 73 of 2021 on the requirements to hold and continue in public office positions

Drug rehabilitation in Egypt

THE MINISTRIES of Justice and Social Solidarity sponsor the first training to raise awareness about Law 73 of 2021 on the requirements to hold and continue in public office positions.

Under the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to combat drug abuse especially among youth, and part of the national strategy for human rights 2021-2026 and Law 73 of 2021 regulating appointment and holding of public office, the ministries of justice and social solidarity held a session to educate on drug testing.

Training took place under the sponsorship of Minister of Justice Omar Marawan and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine Al-Qabaj, as Ministry of Justice employees learnt about how to detect drug abuse among staff in order to guard those in public service from harmful practices. The training comes shortly before the application of Law 73 of 2021 in mid-December.

The training session was inaugurated by the Assistant Justice Minister for Human, Women’s and Children’s Rights, and Assistant Minister of Social Solidarity who is also the Director of the Fund for Drug Control and the Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA).

Experts from the Forensics Department, the FDCTA, and the Justice Ministry’s Human, Women’s and Children’s Rights department lectured about the criminal and disciplinary actions for drug abuse crimes, as well as mechanisms to applying Law 73 of 2021  mandating the dismissal of state employees who use drugs. Also, how to carry out early detection, routine and surprise testing of staff, which prevents employees from eluding testing by temporarily abstaining from drugs, or circumventing testing techniques, or deliberate absence on the day of testing.

Law 73 of 2021 allows any state employee who uses drugs to voluntarily submit to treatment by calling Hotline 16023 in full confidentiality and without legal liability, to receive free treatment.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 25 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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