Monday, May 20

AADK, police enhance effort to stop drugs entering high-risk areas

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KUALA LUMPUR: The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) and the Royal Malaysia Police will enhance efforts to curb drug trafficking activities from entering high-risk areas such as Felda settlements and the People’s Housing Programme.

Without revealing the strategy, AADK director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said the agency had identified the reason for the influx of ‘pil kuda’ (methamphetamine) and Syabu pills to the area was because the price was cheaper.

“We (at the AADK) will ensure the drug supply be restricted or minimised and even better if we could eradicate it completely.

“This is to prevent the drug addicts from getting their drug supply, including stopping former drug addicts from returning to their old habit if they returned to this high-risk area,” he said when met after being a guest on Bernama News Channel’s Ruang Bicara programme.

He said for this year, the recovered addicts would not be sent back to their hometowns but instead be placed in other areas.

“This is to avoid the negative stigma from the public against the former drug addicts. We will send them to new areas. At a new location, people would not know their past, and so they can start a new life,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zulkifli said his office recommended parents whose children were involved in drug abuse to seek counselling. — Bernama