IPOH: The Perak chapter of the Malaysian Anti-Drug Association (Pemadam) will work with the state police and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) to conduct a urine screening programme for school students to curb their involvement in drug use.
Its chairman, Mohd Azlan Helmi said a special meeting will be held in January next year to discuss the matter.
"Our approach is not to punish (students) but to save them from the menace. We also want to make them aware that they (students) still have a long journey and need to engage in activities that benefit them instead," he said.
He said this after opening the Perak Fit Mania Carnival 2023 jointly organized by Perak Pemadam and the Perak Community Fitness Welfare Association at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Field on Sunday (Nov 19).
The carnival, attended by more than 300 participants, was organised to instil public awareness of the importance of health and living healthy.
Mohd Azlan said Pemadam would carry out more activities to make the public aware of the dangers of drugs, as well as the role and functions of Pemadam.
"For next year, we have outlined five programmes related to drug prevention. Our target is the youth and people from various walks of life,” he added.- Bernama