Almost 150,000 cases of drug abusers and dealers last year

Running for a cause: Lee (carrying white MCPF flag) with participants at the War against Drugs charity run 2019 in Langkawi.

PETALING JAYA: Continuous efforts are needed to win the war against drugs, with data showing that there were nearly 150,000 reported cases of drug abusers and dealers last year.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said only 12% of drug abusers and dealers in Malaysia had received treatment more than once in 2018.

“Data from the National Anti-Drugs Agency showed that there were nearly 150,000 reported cases of drug abusers and dealers last year.

“Out of that number, only about 18,000 cases have received treatment or rehabilitation more than once,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The drug problem, he said, was a serious one and it would take the combined efforts of all in society to combat this problem.

“All citizens, regardless of ethnicity, should strive to combat drug abuse to the very end. Since the 1980s, drugs have been the main enemy of the country,” he said.

What was most worrying, he said, was that large portions of drug abusers were youth, with about 69% of drug abusers aged between 19 and 39.

He said states nearing the Thai borders, such as Kelantan and Perlis, were exposed to illegal smuggling and the drugs distribution activities.

Lee had attended a “War against Drugs” Charity Run in Langkawi yesterday. Also present were Langkawi MCPF chairman Datuk Chen Liau Weng and Langkawi OCPD Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim.

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