UAE: Up to Dh100,000 fine for illegal use of prescription drugs, warns authority – News

UAE: Up to Dh100,000 fine for illegal use of prescription drugs, warns authority – News

Penalties vary depending on the number of times the offense has been committed.

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Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 1:09 p.m.

The UAE has a strict zero-tolerance policy towards the use of psychotropic substances. However, two years ago, it amended the law (Article 30) to include rehabilitation for first-time drug offenders.

Today, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Court took to social media to remind residents of the penalties for abusing prescription narcotics and psychotropic substances.

The penalties were listed according to the number of times the offence was committed.

Violators will be sentenced to three months in prison and will have to pay a fine of between 20,000 and 100,000 dirhams.

In the event of a repeat offence, the offender will be sentenced to a prison term of at least six months and a fine of between 20,000 and 100,000 Dh.

In the event of a third offence, the penalty depends on the duration of drug use. The fine can exceed 100,000 Dh and the prison sentence can be at least one year.

This list of sanctions is part of the law under Articles 41 and 43 of Federal Decree-Law No. (30) of 2021 on the fight against narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.