Drug abuse among Melaka teens a concern

MELAKA: Six out of 27 secondary school students caught for drug abuse in the state this year have been found to be ganja addicts, says a state exco member.

“A student was nabbed for opiate addiction. Six others were caught for ganja addiction and 20 others were caught for taking the synthetic drug methamphetamine,” says State Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman Low Chee Leong

“The big question is where did these schoolchildren get the drugs from. We want to find out whether they were trafficked from overseas,” he said in an interview here, yesterday.

“Medical studies have confirmed that heavy intake of ganja can lead to paranoid psychosis.”

Low noted that the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) has placed 1,081 individuals, including 44 women, under observation since January this year for severe drug abuse.

He added 85 of them were under 20 while the majority of addicts in the state are in the age bracket of 21 to 30 years.

“The authorities also confirmed to me that a schoolboy who was detained at a nightclub tested positive for drugs,” he said.

Low also added that investigations should be carried out on how schoolchildren have access to illegal drugs.

“Can the drugs be bought online or are they being sold through social media by some shadowy groups or organised criminal gangs?” he added.

Low said he has asked AADK to prepare an in-depth report on drug abuse among school students and also to carry out more raids on drug hotspots.

“I believe the drugs were trafficked from a neighbouring country based on information from the police,” he added.

He said the state authorities will also launch an initiative against drug abuse so that all schools are free of drugs.


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