27% of Egyptian drug abusers are female: Solidarity Minister
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CAIRO: Twenty-seven percent of drug abusers in Egypt are female, Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly said in a Tuesday TV show.

In her statement, Waly added that wealthy females are the biggest drug users.

Waly went on to explain that American TV does not air any content that includes scenes of smoking or drug abuse that contradicts the reality.

She also noted that there will be a “blacklist” for Ramadan series that promote such content, allocating an award of one million EGP for the best drama series that shows the disadvantages of drugs.

Around 10 percent of Egyptians are abusing drugs, while 25 percent are smokers, continued Waly.

In her statement she said that there are crimes tightly linked to drugs like, robbery and incest (because the perpetrator is under the influence). She denied rumors that drugs help one to work for long hours.

In the first half of 2015, more than 19,000 people called an addiction hotline for assistance in dealing with a dependence on controlled substances, Waly previously stated. She noted a slight increase in the percentage of women seeking help; 3.7 percent of those calling the hotline in the first six months of 2015 were women, compared to less than 2 percent in 2014.

A 2014 national survey by the Anti-Addiction Fund indicated that 24 percent of Egyptian drivers perform their work under the influence of drugs.

A new traffic laws was introduced two years ago, under which random drug tests were applied to drivers and school bus drivers, arresting many who were found under the influence of Tramadol, a controlled substance, heroin and Hashish.

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