29 percent of Yemenis drug addicts, of which 3 percent women
The study also said some addicts commit crimes and create social instability; hostile encounters occur as a result of taking drugs. It said security forces ought to step up enforcement on smugglers and drug traffickers due to the increasing spread and intake of drugs. Drug addicts are a burden on the community because the addiction costs money and hurts the community psyche, the study said. Addictions create economic losses because addicts become unable to work; and their families become broke. Furthermore, society has no trust in addicts. It explained that addicts’ concentration abilities decrease and they become moody; they deal poorly with people. Most of their families end up sending them to prison.
In the same context, Abdullah Sa’atar, a cleric and head of the Social Authority in the Islamic Islah party, said Yemeni women have been exposed to a network of crimes and drugs. He accused international organizations of spending thousands of dollars so as to defame the women and cast them as perverts.
Al-Sahwa website quoted Sa’atar, while urging parents in the country to push their sons and daughters to go to religious educational institutions to help graduate a generation memorizing the Holy Quran. He refuted the allegation that religious educational centers foster terrorist attacks, saying political education is the reason behind the suicide bombings that target security figures.