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Awareness Seminar on Combating Addiction and Substance Abuse: Explanation of Confrontation and Treatment Methods at New Cairo Technological University

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December 2023 News

Awareness Seminar on Combating Addiction and Substance Abuse: Explanation of Confrontation and Treatment Methods at New Cairo Technological University

Under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the New Cairo Technological University, led by Prof. Dr. Tarek Abdelmalak, organized in collaboration with the Anti-Addiction and Drug Fund an awareness seminar at the university’s headquarters in the Fifth Settlement. The seminar focused on the dangers of addiction, methods of confrontation, and treatment, aiming to raise awareness among students and introduce the role of the Anti-Addiction and Drug Fund in addressing this issue and providing appropriate treatment.

The event was attended by Prof. Dr. Walid El-Khattam, the Dean of the Faculty of Industry and Energy Technology, and Dr. Rasha Al-Satouhi, a lecturer in the Information and Communication Technology program. Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Shafi, an expert in toxicology and drugs at the Forensic Medicine Authority, and Mr. Amr Ghoneim, the head of preventive programs at the Anti-Addiction and Drug Fund, were also present.

This seminar was part of the national plan to combat the phenomenon of addiction and drug abuse, implemented by the Anti-Addiction and Drug Treatment Fund across all governorates of the Republic in collaboration with all ministries and governorates. The initiative particularly focuses on Egyptian university students and is supported by the state under the auspices of the President of the Republic, as part of efforts to build the human being and preserve the health and safety of citizens.

During the seminar, a film was presented highlighting the dangers of addiction to human health and the socioeconomic impact on building a society. The presentation also covered methods of confrontation and the treatment of addicts, emphasizing the importance of awareness, disseminating information about the harms and dangers of drugs and addiction, and developing personal and social skills.

A dialogue was also held between the lecturer and university students, and all inquiries were answered. The lecturer also confirmed that the awareness and treatment services provided by the Fund are free of charge through free treatment at the expense of the state and are carried out in complete confidentiality. This is done through the hotline for drug addiction treatment and running drug-testing campaigns in implementation of Law No. 37 of 2021, which the Fund is carrying out in cooperation with the relevant authorities, in coordination with all the directorates and government and civil institutions in the governorate.

For his part, Prof. Dr. Tarek Abdelmalak, the university president, stressed the need to provide support to invest the energies of young people from university students. He also highlighted the university’s keenness to elevate the role of youth in the volunteer work system in its different dimensions, and to build their capabilities in order to enable them to participate effectively in development issues, especially awareness programs to combat drug abuse.