KUWAIT, Feb 21 — Experts have warned ecstasy materials, namely “shabwa” pills, are detrimental to human health and noted prime role of parents to protect the youth against falling prey to addiction.

Dr. Ayed Al-Humaidan, an international specialist in combating drugs, told KUNA that these pills contain highly hazardous substances such as the chemical stimulants, amphetamines, in addition to acetone, ammonia, soda and other contaminating materials used in making pesticides.

Al-Humaidan affirmed that such drugs, which eventually lead to addiction, poison man’s nervous system and their usage is restricted and they are only allowed with special permits.

The addiction develops in stages and take hold of the person when he seeks greater intakes to attain ecstasy and false sense of high pleasure.

“The final phase is slavery; that is when the addict totally subjugates to the drug,” he warned.

Those who are prone to fall victim of these harmful pills and drugs include persons who lack deterring religious beliefs, attached to bad company, sustain prevailing sense of emptiness, are of low level of education and victims of bad or rough parenting.

Family constitutes the “number-one fortress,” where a coherent family protects its members against narcotics.
Dr. Abeer Al-Bahwa, the director of the health enhancement department at the Ministry of Health, said shabwa (crystal meth) is one form of the drug, methamphetamine, which takes control of the taker in phases before taking hold of him (her) physically and psychologically.

Taking shabwa, particularly through injection, creates a false sense of satisfaction, pleasure and tendency for activity “for the drug stimulates the nervous transmitter in the brain, dopamine.”

Effect of an intake of this drug lasts for 4-12 hours, however, long-time addiction damages brain receptors, prompting the addict to seek greater amounts of the narcotics, in a hopeless bid to attain ecstasy.

Crystal meth causes short and long term problems, such as faster heart beats, hard breathing, shivering and high blood pressure.

In the long term, the addict suffers from insomnia, lack of appetite, malnutrition, and prospects of being infected with some communicable deadly disease, due to usage of needles.

Greatest effect is seen in the brain, with the victim tending to be agitated, hostile, depressed, frightened, in addition to other problems such as hallucination, memory loss and social issues.

Quitting the habit requires a duration of weeks, during which the addict suffers from great desire for drugs, confusion, disorientation, low energy, agitation, depression, phobia and fatigue.

Colonel Adel Al-Hashash, the public relations director at the MoI, affirmed that the ministry is seeking to promote public awareness of the drugs’ hazards. While stressing keenness on clamping down and penalizing narcotics’ dealers, he affirmed vital role of the family to prevent the youngsters from falling prey to such dangerous habits.