ALOR STAR: Kedah police have identified 15 schools in the state with some 100 students addicted to substances, mostly syabu and ketum juice.
State police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff said the schools are mainly located in Kota Setar, Sungai Petani, Kubang Pasu, and Padang Terap districts.
Asri said the state police were working closely with the Education Ministry to focus on weeding out the drug addiction issue at the 15 schools.
“We view this matter very seriously and we will focus on the war against drug in schools to weed out addiction among students.
“Kedah is well known for ketum abuse and there have been cases reported, claiming these students bring along ketum juice to school, while others are doing syabu," he told reporters after attending a blood donation drive in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebration at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here today.
He added that some students are also being used to peddle drugs in schools and the trend is worrying.
Later, Asri visited Kedah policemen and their family members who are receiving treatment at the hospital.
On the blood donation drive, Asri said a total of 370 policemen in the state have done their part to help fill up the hospital's blood bank.