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Monday, July 17, 2006

I Forgot The Good News!

Following on from the previous post - it was announced maybe a week ago that the UAE Federal Government is to launch a comprehensive review of sentencing in all courts in the UAE. This will hopefully ensure that sentences are consistent, realistic, and commensurate with the crime, even in Ras Al Khaimah. It will not be swayed by the preference of a particular judge's school of jurisprudence - there will be standard guidelines for all types of crimes.

Hopefully the possession of things like codeine and cough medicine without a prescription will be decriminalised (Dhs 100 fine maybe).

9 Comments:

Blogger secretdubai said...

I find it very hard to accept that just because some silly fker may decide to extract the miniscule grains of codeine from a panadeine (despite the poppy-dhows sailing in every day) that I am not allowed to buy the only pill that really works for cold/flu pains and others.

Panadeine for me is the difference between being able to do a day's work and taking to my bed. Obviously for severe bugs, it's not going to help. But in terms of mild flu bugs where you feel like death but aren't actually dead, it's like Lazarus-juice.

11:00 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Keefie - what if they decide that all the courts should be as hardcore as RAK, and as nightmarish as Sharjah?

We're f*cked! :-)

11:23 am  
Blogger kaya said...

You realise you can get addicted to codeine.
I know of someone very personally who shattered his life, marriage,lost the baby, due to his dependancy on a cough syrup called Phensydyl.
I would never want to see that again.

12:48 pm  
Blogger Tainted Female said...

Hopefully, this is one more negative aspect of the UAE that will soon be obsolete, huh?

By the way, I hadn't seen this published anywhere, so thanks for the news.

1:49 pm  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

Say, Keefieboy, speaking of the news... Did you see in the Village News that they're backing off from on the 'secretaries must be locals' position they threw up about 3 weeks ago? I await your blog!

10:56 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Kaya: I think the risk of addiction is miniscule enough to let everyone else just use the stuff as and when they need it without running the risk of being thrown in jail.

Mme Cyn: Been too busy to read the papers today, but that is not a terribly surprising announcement - I especially liked the bit about 'where the location or environment might not be suitable for locals'. I've been getting stacks of applications from secretaries since the decision was announced - I don't want or need a secretary, but I am in a Free Zone, so we are exempt.

11:22 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

But thats the whole thing Keefie. Codeine dependancy is unlike others.
We know this guy, who runs the rehab/detox clinic here and you wouldnt believe what he knows whom they have cured, and how harmless certain medicines can be made lethal.
Bear in mind that everyone is not like you and me that we will take it only when we have a cold/cough. So how do the pharmacies decide who to sell it or not?
Tixylix is a medicine I use for the kids as it does wonders. But again not available here. In UK you can buy over the counter.
I know you are trying to point out the silliness of the whole thing which to a point is justifiable, however what you must realise that addiction is an epidemic waiting to happen. If they allow it for 1 they have to allow for all. Then all hell will break loose.
Can you imagine without it when they drive this way, how will they drive under the influence. No point asking them to read the label.

10:17 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

kaya: bottom line is if someone wants to become a drug addict they'll become one.
I'd say less than rarely people become addicted once prescribed, but if someone is taking the trouble to go to a pharmacy, buy codiene fused with paracetemol or whatever over the counter, then filtering out the paracetemol so they have pure codeine then they want to use it as an opiate and nothing else.

Seeing as people can use petrol or paint to sniff and fly high as a kite, you can't exactly stop selling it because of that can you?

1:32 pm  
Blogger dxbmatt said...

Keefieboy,

We've just had some friends out from the UK (left this morning). One girl has a rare blood disorder (don't ask me what) but she brought a bag, complete with hypodermic needles into the UAE without realising the old 'Codeine/etc is very dangerous' routine. Luckily got through without question, but thinking back, how would the good old Customs have reacted to that??

6:32 pm  

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