Johor cops to investigate after report says 177 schoolkids tested positive for drugs

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  • Monday, 14 Sep 2020

Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay (centre) at the handing-over ceremony on Monday. -Bernamapic

JOHOR BARU: Johor police will be investigating who has been supplying drugs in secondary schools following revelations that 177 schoolchildren in the state had tested positive of drugs in January this year.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the police would be working with the National Drugs Agency (AADK) to find out the level of threat that drug usage posed in schools.

On Sept 12 (Saturday), Bernama reported that 177 secondary school students had tested positive for drugs out of a total of 10,132 Form Four and Form Five students from 280 schools who were screened.

“Investigations are still ongoing because we (the police) were not informed by AADK. If it is true, we would like to know where they (the students) got their supply from.

“Maybe AADK’s approach is more towards giving counselling to the students but ours is more on the drug network and how far this abuse has penetrated schools, ” he said after the handing-over ceremony of the Johor Baru (North) OCPD position between outgoing Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad, who is retiring on Sept 17, and incoming Asst Comm Rupeah Abd Wahid, on Monday (Sept 14).

Comm Ayob also said the police would be launching a new drug education module targeting students in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutes.

“The module is prepared by psychologists from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the police department.

"It will be launched in October, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Comm Ayob said he was looking forward to working closely with ACP Rupeah, the first female OCPD in the history of Johor police.

ACP Rupeah was formerly the police escort of Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah.

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