UAE: Psychiatrist arrested for prescribing psychotropic drugs to youth

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, has revoked the licence of a psychiatrist and removed his from the medical registers of the country due to contravening the ethics and laws of the medical professions.

This came after the Sharjah Police “Department of Narcotics Control” has arrested the said person inciting young people to take controlled medicines and psychotropic drugs without having any medical conditions related to such types of medicines.

The Ministry recently received information from the Department of Narcotics Control at Sharjah Police reporting that several young people, aged 20 to 30 years, were frequently visiting a psychiatric clinic in Sharjah. A team from MoHAP and Sharjah Police was formed to investigate the incident. In the meantime, MoHAP dispatched a person to the clinic, who asked the doctor to prescribe psychotropic drugs. The doctor accepted the request and prescribed the drugs. This was a conclusive evidence that the said doctor didn’t clinically diagnose with the patient to make sure that he needs such drugs or not.

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MoHAP warned the public against circulating any false information which is not officially issued by the ministry or other health authorities and urged individuals to report any medical malpractices or those who take psychotropic drugs.

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