Nada to draft policy as guideline in war against drugs

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Anti-Drugs Agency (Nada) will be drafting a National Drugs Policy strategic plan to comprehensively tackle the serious issue of drug abuse in the country, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today.

Nur Jazlan (BN-Pulai) said the policy will serve as the main reference point and guideline in the government’s war against drugs.

"The government had, on March 10, agreed that the policy will be the main reference point.

"(It) has five main thrusts, namely prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, enforcement, reduction in injury, and international cooperation," he said in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Nur Jazlan was responding to a question from Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (BN-Kulim) on the latest statistics on drug addicts, as well as the number of drug-related arrests in 2015 and 2016.

Abd Aziz also asked about measures being taken to prevent the spread of drug abuse.

Nur Jazlan said Nada's latest statistics, until Sept 2016, showed that 30,846 addicts were arrested, compared to 26,626 in 2015.