Community’s fight against narcotics abuses yields positive results

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  • Friday, 25 Sep 2015

Giving a report: Ab Rahaman at the press conference in Seri Negeri Ayer Keroh, Malacca.

MALACCA: The proactive involvement of the community with the implementation of Caring Community House to combat the drug scourge in Malacca has yielded positive results said State Health, Sport Development and Anti-Drug committee chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim.

Ab Rahaman who was appointed as chairman for the recently minted Drug Eradication Action Council said all mechanisms have been placed by the state for an all-out against narcotic abuses.

He noted there are 1,555 cases of drug abuses which we the relevant agencies currently monitoring.

“Melaka Tengah districts topped the list with 837 cases in Melaka Tengah followed by Alor Gajah 424 cases and Jasin 294 cases,” he told reporters here, recently.

He revealed that the National Anti-Drug Agency also increased its operation and activities by detaining suspected drug users who do not want to volunteer to undergo treatment and rehabilitation as stipulated in Section 3(1) of the Drug User Act (Treatment and Rehabilitation).

Ab Rahaman said a total of 24 raids were conducted throughout the state from January to August of this year.

“From the 321 urine samples during these raids, 167 of them were found to be positive with mostly methamphetamine,” he said.

Ab Rahaman also divulged that the authorities have informed him of new type of drug smuggled from a neighbouring state which was being peddled here.

He also unveiled that there were also cases where scores of civil servants were identified with drug abuse problems and this was a precursor from him to table a regulation of making it compulsory for all civil servants in the state to undergo urine screening.

Presently, he added such screenings were only conducted if requested by the head of department and agencies.

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