UMCAS to work with NADA to curb drug addiction problems

Seri Nor Nadiah Koris

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya's Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS) is calling the authorities to review their approach in dealing with drug users, addicts and drug-related offenders in the country.

Its director Dr Rusdi Abd Rashid said the National Anti-Drug Agency (NADA) should implement a more community-based rehabilitation programme in its Cure and Care Rehabilitation model.

"NADA can work with universities which have conducted research on drug related issues and find a better solution to curb the menace.

"UMCAS, for example, have conducted research and we found that community-based rehab is much more effective in the current situation," he said.

He said UM would be working with five other local universities to compile research and present it to the government.

"Today, UM is organising a seminar participated by five other local universities which have addiction and mental health research centre.

"We are coming up with a paperwork on Managing Addiction Treatment in Malaysia," he said, adding that the community-based rehab centre would also be cheaper and efficient compared to sending the addicts to a rehab centre.

He said the aim of having a community-based centre is to help the addicts to become a part of the community.

Also present was Malaysian Muslim Doctors Organisation (Perdim) president Datuk Dr Ahmad Shukri Ismail, who officiated the launch of Malaysia drug, alcohol and nicotine addiction treatment seminar.

Among the universities taking part in the seminar were Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and MAHSA college. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd