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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

NO DATA AVAILABLE

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs

Contact/ Address:

Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs
Ministry of Health
Al-Nejmah Square
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic


Tel: 963 11 275 8114
Fax: 963 11 333 0542
E-mail: dpa.dir@moh.gov.sy

Website:

www.moh.gov.sy/en/DrugNutrition/DrugDirectorates/DirectorateofPharmaceuticalAffiars/tabid/278/Default.aspx

The Directorate of Pharmaceutical Affairs is part of Syria's Ministry of Health. It is the chief national organisation responsible for the licensing and registration of drugs. As well as overseeing the registration of imported and exported medicines, it is responsible for supervising the medical use of narcotic drugs, and the control laws and regulations surrounding these.

The Directorate's Narcotics Division is responsible for regulating narcotic and psychotropic drugs, and their precursor chemicals. It is also responsible for collecting national statistics and liaising with international drug control bodies.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

NA

Type:

NA

Published Authority:

Date:

Internet link:

Publisher website:

No information available.

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Law No. 2 of 1993

Published Authority:

Ministry of Health

Date:

1993

Internet Link:

www.syrianbar.org/index.php?news=166

Publisher website:

www.moh.gov.sy

Facts and stats

  • Syria is not a significant global producer of illicit drugs. It is however a notable transit country for Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin and other opiate drugs.
  • Opiates and opioids are by far the most commonly abused drugs in Syria, accounting for almost 95% of treatment admissions in the country in 2006.
  • Syria is also a major transit point for the amphetamine drug Captagon, which is relatively widespread in the Middle East region. Syrian authorities seized an estimated 22 million Captagon tablets in 2009.
  • According to the UN, Syria accounted for approximately 15% of Amphetamine seizures in the region during 2009.
  • The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US has expressed concerns that Syria's lack of controls and regulations against money laundering may make it a target for money laundering operations by organised drug gangs.
  • In Syria, first-time convictions for using illegal drugs are sent to mandatory rehabilitation centres, in exchange for escaping further punishment.
  • Severe penalties, including capital punishment, are given to those convicted of producing, distributing or trafficking drugs in Syria.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

National Committee for drug affairs

Type:

Governmental

Address & Contact:

NA

Website:

NA

Government body dealing with anti-drug policy, prevention and treatment issues.

American Board of Medical Psychotherapists

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

PO Box 11351
Damascus
Tel: NA

Website: www.acde.org

International NGO working in addiction treatment and research.


Syrian Anti-narcotics Department

Type:

Governmental

Address & Contact:

NA

Website:

NA

Part of the Syrian police force with responsibility for anti-drug law enforcement and intelligence gathering.