Workshop on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care
The Department of Social Service of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at An-Najah University in collaboration with the Association of Nablus Area Family Diwans and the Police Directorate in Nablus, recently organized a workshop titled " The Scourge of Drugs in Palestinian Society: Challenges and Solutions".
The workshop covered several topics most important are: the definition of drugs, types of drugs, physical and social effects of drugs, symptoms of drug abuse.
The workshop aimed to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs abuse especially among youth and the potential for addiction that increased due to the physical need that the body develops once the drug's effects are achieved.
It also aimed to help the University's students and the public understand the causes of drug abuse and to prevent its onset.
Furthermore, the workshop also focused on discussing the negative health and social consequences caused by drug use in the Palestinian Society.
Participants talked about the addiction that has the unfortunate side effects of mental and physical withdrawal and this can lead to need for medical and psychological intervention in order to break free from the addiction that develops.
They also emphasized on the crucial role that the family, community, social and educational institutions and organizations play in combating drug abuse.
At the end of the workshop, students asked number of questions and discussed the nature and seriousness of this problem. They also suggested the best prevention programs that can be developed and implemented to address the problem.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Maher Abu Zant, President's Assistant for Community Affairs, Dr. Haitham Owaida, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Studies, Dr. Asaad Taffal, Head of the Sociology and Social Work Department at the University and representatives of the Police Directorate in Nablus as well as a number of academic and administrative staff and students.