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Banned medicines in UAE: Bringing these will get you in trouble

 

DUBAI – In efforts to curb the abuse of controlled medicine brought to the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has issued a circular reminding travellers against wilfully bringing these substances in the country and warning violators of punitive action.

The ministry’s guidelines also lists medication that has sedatives, such as codeine, pseudoephiderine and pholcodine.

Most travellers falsely claim that the controlled medicine they have brought is for personal use but bring large quantities of these medications, said Ameen Husain Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licences.

Under UAE law, anyone bringing controlled medicines for personal use to the UAE must carry a valid medical prescription from the country of origin.

In case the original prescription is not available, travellers are advised to carry attested prescription.

The quantity of controlled medicines for personal use must also not exceed more than 30 days of treatment.

Prescription-only medicines must be carried with valid medical prescription and for personal consumption only, the quantity of which must not exceed more than three months of treatment.

Banned medication

Acetorphine
Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl
Alpha-methylfentanyl
Alpha-methylthiofentanyl
Beta-hydroxyfentanyl
Beta-hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl
Cannabis
Cathinone
Coca leaf
Cocaine
Concentrate of poppy straw
Desomorphine
Etorphine
Heroin
Ketobemidone
3-methylfentanyl
3-methlthiofentanyl
MPPP
Para-flourofentanyl
PEPAP
Thiofentanyl

15 other medications that cannot be carried into the UAE

Amphetamine: Pscyhotropic
Betamethodol: Narcotic
Bromazepam: Psychotropic
Codoxime: Narcotic
Codeine: Narcotic
Fentanyl: Narcotic
Ketamine: Psychotropic
Methadone: Narcotic
Morphine: Narcotic
Opium: Narcotic
Oxycodone: Narcotic
Phenoperidine: Narcotic
Pentobarbital: Pscyhotropic
Risperidone: Controlled Drug A
Tramadol: Controlled Drug A
Trimeperidine: Narcotic

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