More Kelantan students turn to ketum

Nor Fazlina Abdul Rahim

KOTA BARU: Consumption of Ketum juice cannot be detected by mere routine urine test, making it a serious threat among students in Kelantan.

Kelantan National Anti Drugs Agency (AADK) director Rahayu Ahmad said until August of this year, a total of 1,026 students had confessed of taking Ketum juice.

She said the number of cases this year is much serious then in the previous year when 790 students had confessed of taking the illicit drink.

“Based on our questionnaire, most of students consumed the drink due to its low cost of RM10 per packet which could be shared among four people compared to a Metamephetamine pill

“In fact, the main reason they consume the drink is that they know that it could not be detected through urine testing.

“They are confident of not doing anything wrong and no one could nab them as the urine test would turnout negative,” she said after an Anti-drug seminar for school headmaster’s, here today.

The seminar involved 77 school headmasters from several districts including Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Bachok and Tumpat.

Rahaya also acknowledged that taking the Ketum juice could not be detected unless they mixed it with other drugs.

She cautioned that the prolonged consumption of the illicit drink would lead to damage of the liver and kidneys.

“This is because those who consume it, would need to take a huge quantity until they become high.

“As such we urge parents and detect students and children consuming the drink and inform us so that they can get treatment at the Pengkalan Chepa Cure and Care Clinic, She said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd