Hello fellow delegates and honorable chair. The matter of drugs is not a light one and needs to be dealt with immediately. Drugs have the power to tear apart families, fracture economies, and even pit nations against each other. If we do not take any action to stop the drug trade, then all of our lives will be put at an unnecessary risk. Drugs like heroin and cocaine have very specific places that they are grown and distributed from. Cocaine and heroin are two of the most toxic and devastating drugs, and they are used too commonly. The effects of cocaine are, depression or anxiety, suicidal thoughts or actions, chills, tremors, muscle aches, and nerve pain. Heroin is also a highly addictive drug that could kill anyone who overdoses and has very similar effects on the body. Qatar has been subject to drug trafficking and drugs have plagued the youth along with the rest of our society. The heroin traffickers that go through Middle Eastern and African countries end up in Europe. If we wish to rid any country of drugs then we must get rid of the suppliers.
The United Nations has an organization founded on the basis of solving the drug and crime problems that the world faces. The UNODC has been combatting the world drug problem and the numbers of seizures has increased significantly since 2008. If we continue this trend, then the world drug crisis could be dealt a serious blow.
The seizures worldwide have increased, but the use has still been increasing. In the United States alone, from 2008 to 2017 there was an increase of 34,227 overdose deaths. In England it was recorded that from 2008 to 2017 the number of overdose deaths went from 3000 to 4500. Qatar believes, there needs to be stricter penalties for drug traffickers and dealers. At the Treatment and Rehabilitation center it was estimated that 3 to 5 percent of Qatar’s population is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
There is a stigma in Qatar that needs to end along with any other area of the world. Otherwise, the numbers will increase and there will be more drug related deaths compared to any other. Narcotics as with any type of drug do not just affect the user, they affect the family, friends, and work/standard of living of the person. The negative effects of drugs need to be taught at a young age especially in less developed areas where they are more prone to addicted and help is less available.
Qatar urges the United Nations to help fund organizations that teach people about the effects of drugs, so that they are better educated about what they do to people’s lives and early prevention needs to take place. Qatar will happily fund new organization that wish to help fight drug trafficking and drug consumption. If a child is caught doing drugs, they need to be given immediate help and lessons about the dangers and horrors of drug use. If the children are taught, then there will be less consumption of drugs which will help diminish the global drug trade. There needs to be more strict laws for the imprisonment of drug dealers especially ones that deal to children.
If the world implements stricter punishments against drug dealers and smugglers, then there will be a much higher chance of drug trafficking decreasing along with the number of people using.
- Salmaan Seraji-Bozorgzad