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ABU DHABI: The UAE Public Prosecution has clarified the penalties for the use and possession of narcotics and psychotropic substances.

In a post on its social media accounts on Saturday, the Public Prosecution said the Federal Law no. 14 for 1995 defined narcotics as any of the natural or synthetic substances set forth in the schedules no. 1, 2, 3 and 4 attached to the law.

According to article 40 of the law, whoever abuses in any manner, possesses with the intention of abuse or personally uses in circumstances other than those authorised any narcotic or psychotropic substance provided for in schedules 3, 6, 7 and 8, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of six months at least and two years at most.

Article 41 states that whoever abuses in any manner, possesses with the intention of abuse or personally uses any narcotic or psychotropic substances or plant not set forth in the schedules enclosed herewith and which cause narcosis or any other adverse effect to the mind, whenever such abuse is intended, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of one year at most.

Meanwhile, Dubai Police highlighted a video on its Instagram handle made by an Algerian student, Abdel Rahman Bouzar, about the harmful effects of narcotics.

He is one of the winning heroes in the Protection Clip Award, Dubai Police said on its Instagram handle.