Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 May 2019

'I lost my life in jail': former drug addict opens up in police awareness video

Mr Ahmed, now 30, started taking drugs when he was 15

Teen years are a time for many to build their unique personality, go to school and hang out with friends. For Mr Ahmed, it was a time that completely changed the course of his life – at 15, he started using drugs.

Mr Ahmed, 30, said in a video posted by Dubai Police: “I started consuming drugs in 2002.

"Going through drug addiction is a harsh experience ... I lost all my life in jail.

“Substance abuse will lead either to prison or death,” said Mr Ahmed.

“The most important aspects of life are health, family trust and securing a career. I urge the youth to listen to their parents.

Mr Ahmed said that he did not get married due to drugs.

Dubai Police has launched a series of campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of consuming drugs.

Updated: March 29, 2018 03:57 PM