Incidences of crime linked to drug addiction have increased in the capital, according to the Royal Oman Police’s specialist unit.
Theft, murder, suicide and road accidents have all spiked as hard drug use continues to climb in the Sultanate.
Y did an investigation series into the drug problem in Oman last year and uncovered wide-scale abuse. Heroin and morphine is a particular problem.
According to the National Commission on Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Affairs, the number of addicts registered centrally to date is 4,079.
However, the actual figure could be much higher. The average age of users is currently 25 years old and is coming down.
In a report presented to the Muscat Municipal Council this week, the police’s Directorate of Narcotics Control revealed the impact addiction was having in the city, with an official revealing that cases of crime were on the rise as a result of increasing drug addiction.
In April, it was announced that the Sultanate’s first specialised drug rehabilitation centre, for nationals and expats, would be built in Sohar. Costing RO1.6 million, it will have 40 beds.
A second centre would also open in Muscat.
A possible ban on smoking in public places was also discussed at the Council meeting, along with a tougher stance on the granting of licences for shisha cafés.