New staff to give narcotics unit more bite

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 29 Mar 2003


PENANG: In line with the launch of The Year of Total War Against Drugs this year, the National Narcotics Agency will get new officers to give it more bite, its director-general Datuk Wan Ibrahim Wan Ahmad said. 

“We need more officers as we plan to work with the state education departments in early intervention efforts to weed out students who experiment with drugs,” he said in an interview. 

However, he declined to reveal the number of new officers. 

Wan Ibrahim said that officers would visit more schools to conduct urine tests, adding that seminars would be held to inform students on the dangers of drugs. 

Extra officers were needed since the agency planned to expand its Workplace Drug Prevention Programme, which had received positive feedback from companies, he said. 

Wan Ibrahim said that more operations would be conducted against entertainment centres and other premises suspected of involvement in drug trafficking. 

Last year, 31,893 drug addicts were detected in the country, he said, adding that between 1988 and 2002, 235,495 addicts were found. 

Wan Ibrahim said that in conjunction with the launch of The Year of Total War Against Drugs, the agency had planned several strategies to stamp out the menace. 

They included outreach programmes with non-governmental organisations and a 24-hour national drug toll-free line to provide counselling. 

Wan Ibrahim said that Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahamd Badawi would launch the campaign in Kepala Batas today.  

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