Kick the drug fiends out

KOTA Damansara assemblyman Hali-mahton Saadiah Bohan, in a move to curb vice at the PPR Kota Damansara, said she will work closely with the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).

She said there were also plans to work with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to provide social assistance to the community here.

The move comes about in the wake of a report in StarMetro recently that residents of the units in Jalan Pekaka 8/7 were living in fear as some drug addicts were using empty units as their drug dens.

A check revealed that three of the 10 vacant units were thriving drug dens, with drug-related paraphernalia strewn about.

The residents hoped that the police would take action before their children become prey to the drug addicts and their pushers.

Halimahton said the community living in the low-cost flats also lacked sporting and recreational activities that would help them integrate socially.

“The teenagers and young adults must be provided with knowledge on the dangers of drug abuse,” she said.

“Healthy activities must be organised for them to keep them away from getting involved in vice,” she added.

The AADK, meanwhile said it had offered rehabilitation programmes to about 30,698 addicts between July 2010 and June 2013.

It urged residents of PPR Kota Damansara with family members involved in drug-related activities to seek its help.

In a statement to StarMetro, the agency said it would provide counselling, guidance as well as treatment for addicts.

AADK director Mohd Amir Khusairi Harun said the public with such problems could contact the agency.

“If the addicts refuse to seek treatment, their family can lodge a report or complaint with the AADK Detection and Monitoring Division for further action,” he added.

He said this was in accordance with the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) to help resolve issues pertaining to the community.

The agency offers treatment and rehabilitation services through its open access services which focuses on psychosocial nature, medical and clinical treatment via the Cure & Care 1Malaysia Clinic (C&C).

There are 11 Cure & Care Clinics presently, in Sungai Besi, Kota Baru, Bukit Mertajam, Tampoi, Kuching, Papar, Tampin, Jerantut, Karangan, Bachok and Dengkil.

These centres offer addicts treatment ranging from one to three months and also outpatient care.

Apart from that, AADK also provides aftercare services to its patients at the Cure & Care Service Centres (CCSC) operating in 52 locations nationwide. These facilities provide them with a place to rest, have meals, do their laundry and at the same time receive counselling and guidance as well as medical and health treatment.

To contact AADK, call 03-8911 2200 or email