Jazlan: Rising number of drug addicts an unhealthy trend

ZAFIRA ANWAR


KUALA LUMPUR: The country records an average of 60 to 70 new drug addicts daily, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today.

The number, Jazlan said was worrying and that the government viewed the matter seriously as the figure has been steadily growing in recent years.

“The number of people getting involved with drugs keeps increasing and it is becoming a trend.”

He said the rising number of new drug users proved that programmes undertaken by anti-drug agencies such as the National Anti-Drug Agency (Nada), Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) and rehab centres have yet to have high effective rates.

Jazlan, who is also Pemadam president, was speaking to reporters after launching Pengasih Malaysia Organisation’s (Pengasih) fifth graduation ceremony here today.

He said all parties involved, including parents, should play a proactive role in preventing their loved ones from even attempting to experiment with drugs.

“It is better to prevent it from happening as treatment would take a long time. Centres like Pengasih can only produce 68 graduates after four years.”

To graduate from the centre, the ex-addicts need to undergo an interview process to ensure they have recovered from their addiction by panels from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Nada, the National Population and Family Development Board, and the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department.