CAIRO - 5 July 2022: Dr. Ahmed Al-Katami, Director-General of Treatment Programs at the Fund for Combating and Treating Addiction and Abuse, said the rate of drug abuse has increased from 7 percent to 17 percent in the last two years.
The Director General of Therapeutic Programs at the Fund for Combating and Treating Addiction and Abuse added, in a TV show, that the rate of drug abuse in Egypt decreased to 5.9 percent, after it reached 10 percent in 2015.
He further said that addiction rates also decreased to 2.4 percent, for the age group from 12 years to 60 years.
Dr. Al-Katami continued that the Corona period had a major role in the decline, especially with the closure of ports and borders between countries during quarantine period.
He further explained that the closure made drug dealers look for alternatives and other solutions, so their solution was synthetic drugs, which are manufactured within the countries .
"We and the countries of the world suffer from synthetic drugs," said the Director General of Treatment Programs at the Fund for Combating and Treating Addiction and Abuse.