Drug agency targets middle class

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU:The National Drug Agency has identified middle income earners as a high risk group for drug abuse and will come up with programmes to combat drug dependency among them. 

Its deputy director-general Rashid Mat Adam said awareness campaigns, like on the abuse of amphetamine type stimulant (ATS), would be carried out for this target group. 

Studies by the agency showed that the middle-class group was using ATS to comfort themselves. They also take ganja and heroin. 

“The most important element here is the mental problem that ATS can cause to its users. 

“We need to address this early or the country will lose potential leaders to drug abuse,” he told reporters after opening a sports meet at the Tampoi drug rehabilitation centre here yesterday 

The agency's officers will organise talks on drug prevention at schools, institutes of higher learning and workplaces. 

“The agency, together with other relevant authorities, will go all out in our drug campaigns this year to prevent it (drug abuse) from spreading,” he said, adding that ATS was the highest substance used after ganja.  

He said the officers would also go to rural areas such as Felda settlements, with the cooperation of village committees to give input on the danger of drug abuse. 

Rashid also said state drug rehabilitation agencies have been urged to set up an alumni drug rehabilitation centre to assist the Government in reducing the number of relapse cases.  

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