The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) has taken over major malls in Abu Dhabi to spread its message in the week leading up to World Drug Day – which is officially marked. The NRC has reported that it has received many inquiries from mall visitors related to the center’s role in treating and rehabilitating patients and how they help reintegrate them back into the community.
By having its own stand in the malls, NRC was able to communicate with youth – a major target group NRC focuses on.
The mall goers’ inquiries were centered around many topics including how to contact the center, patient confidentiality, and the various types of drugs and their impact on users. Many asked for advice on how to get people to visit the center and ask for help if needed.
“Drugs affect a person’s family relationships, status and most importantly, his/her health. We’ve spent the last week reaching out to mall goers to talk to them about the dangers of drugs abuse, but to also reassure them that help is available,” commented Dr Ali Hassan Al Marzooqi, Director of Public Health and Research at the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC). “We want to inform people that if they or their loved ones are suffering, there’s help – it’s comprehensive and anonymous. We’re asking people to help us reduce/prevent addiction within the community, and World Drug Day is the perfect chance for us to do so,” he added.
The NRC has been at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi and Dalma Mall this entire week and the stands have been frequented by several hundred people. The free ‘clinic’ operated by experts from the NRC saw several youth inquire about the services NRC offers, and the doctor-patient confidentiality.
Taking inspiration from what was being said about drugs and the effects on one’s health, two female Zayed University students created a mini-film on drug abuse and its effect on the brain. NRC decided to show the film at the stand and was widely received.
People seeking help or looking for more information can call the NRC’s hotline on 800 2252.
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