Following after, His Excellency King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, welcomed Deputy Governor, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal, the Secretary of the National Committee for Narcotics, Dr. Faisal Al-Shathri, and the attendees, stressing that it is the University’s honor to host and partner with the National Committee for Narcotics, which serves a noble role. He asserted that the University is pleased with the efforts underway, hoping that this workshop will have a far-reaching effect in setting the foundation needed for preventing drug misuse and addiction in our society. He then thanked HRH the Governor of the Asir Region and his Deputy Governor for their generous sponsorship and continuous support.
The Secretary of the National Committee for Narcotics in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Faisal Al-Shathri, stressed that illicit drugs are the number one source of danger to our youth, which leads to terrorism, corruption, and moral crimes. He highlighted that it is a tool used by the enemies of our beloved country to encourage and motivate corruption and chaos, noting that Vision 2030 depends on our youth to realize their potential, and as a result, we must eliminate drugs from our society. In order to do so, Dr. Al-Shahtri asserted that we first must acknowledge the ground realities of substance abuse and treat it transparently by leveraging the vital role of judges in the reform of drug abusers through rehabilitation and alternative solutions. Dr. Al-Shahtri related that the executive plan to combat drugs is the first in the Kingdom and will lead the way.
It is worth mentioning that the workshop is under the supervision of the Asir Region Emirate and has a total of 23 participating entities. It will comprehensively address several topics that include the characteristics of drug abuse, the number of drug cases in the region, the amount of substances found, the number of addicts, the factors that contribute to the spread of drug use, the relationship between drugs and crime, the number of addicts convicted in connection with drug crimes, the number of addicts seeking treatment and rehabilitation, and the role of the participating entities in preventing drug use.
Sponsored by the Governor of the Asir Region, HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, and in the presence of the Deputy Governor of the Asir Region, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal, the "Determiners of the Executive Prevention Plan Against Drug Use in Asir Region Workshop" organized by the National Committee for Narcotics and hosted by King Khalid University was launched.
In his speech about the importance and effectiveness of this workshop, HRH Prince Turki bin Talal said: "It is an unfortunate day for drug dealers to learn that this meeting was conducted. It is their lowest desire that this meeting would happen and it is of their joy to see our efforts to remain scattered. In our dispersion is their strength and our unity is their defeat." He explained that drug dealers are enemies to society who work collectively. At the end of his keynote speech, he stressed that we are to work as a team in the fight against this ever-present danger, praising the participating entities and different parties on working towards drug prevention.