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