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Preliminary estimates of the economic implications of addiction in the United Arab Emirates

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posted on 09.03.2018, 00:00 by Christopher Doran
© 2016, World Health Organization. All Rights Reserved.This study aimed to provide preliminary estimates of the economic implications of addiction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Local and international data sources were used to derive estimates of substancerelated healthcare costs, lost productivity and criminal behaviour. From an estimated population of 8.26 million: ~1.47 million used tobacco (20.5% of adults); 380 085 used cannabis (> 5%); 14 077 used alcohol in a harmful manner (0.2%); and 1408 used opiates (0.02%). The cost of addiction was estimated at US$ 5.47 billion in 2012, equivalent to 1.4% of gross domestic product. Productivity costs were the largest contributor at US$ 4.79 billion (88%) followed by criminal behaviour at US$ 0.65 billion (12%). There were no data to estimate cost of: treating tobacco-related diseases, community education and prevention efforts, or social disharmony. Current data collection efforts are limited in their capacity to fully inform an appropriate response to addiction in the UAE. Resources are required to improve indicators of drug use, monitor harm and evaluate treatment.

History

Volume

22

Issue

10

Start Page

749

End Page

755

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1687-1634

ISSN

1020-3397

Publisher

World Health Organization * Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Additional Rights

It is available in print and electronic format, and in keeping with the strategic objectives of WHO to make health knowledge accessible, all issues are available free online. http://www.emro.who.int/emh-journal/eastern-mediterranean-health-journal/about-the-journal.html

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

23/08/2015

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal