KUALA SELANGOR: Younger and younger people are becoming entrapped in drug abuse, says Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
He said recently there had even been cases of primary schoolchildren taking drugs.
“We came to know of this about two years ago," Amirudin told reporters after launching the “Kempen Sayangi Generasiku” organised by the Drug Prevention Association of Malaysia (Pemadam) at SMK Kuala Selangor.
He added tha apart from recurring cases, there were also new drug addiction cases involving children aged 12, 14 and 15.
“These are facts that we have, and even though the numbers are not big, I worry that it will grow. So we are fighting it by initiating various measures," he said.
Amirudin said children embroiled in drug abuse might commit heinous crimes.
He cited the Datuk Keramat tahfiz school fire in 2017 which was started by a group of young boys, including a 12-year-old.
“Several of them tested positive for drugs. Even though the incident happened in Kuala Lumpur, it has a far reaching implication in Selangor," he added.
In that incident, seven boys set the school on fire as an act of revenge, killing 21 students and two teachers.
Amiruddin, who is the Selangor Pemadam chairman, said synthetic drugs that were currently popular were much more potent and destructive compared to heroin, morphine and cannabis.
He said the state was committed to battling the drug menace and keeping its youths safe.
According to him, the authorities had identified more than 15 hotspots in Selangor and would be organising drug awareness events such as the one at SMK Kuala Selangor.
“We concentrate on these hotspots and our programmes are all at high-risk areas that have significant (drug abuse) cases," he added.