KOTA KINABALU: Drug addicts in Sabah last year has increase to 1,036, a 57 percent increase compared to 658 and 770 drug addicts in 2013 and 2012.
According to National Anti Drugs Agency (NADA), the statistic shows a worrying trend as 87.8 percent of drug addicts in the state are youths from below 39 years old age group.
Its Director, Datuk Suhaimi Abdullah, said NADA is always committed in its role as a responsible agency in tackling drug abuse issue in the country.
Beginning from last year, educational programme approach for prevention has been launched according to areas profiling to come up with the best strategy to reach the targeted group for the programme.
“The result, NADA has identified seven high risks areas in Sabah which are in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, and Federal Territory of Labuan,” he said in his speech for the State level 2015 National Anti Drugs Day at Taman Jaya Diri Sepanggar, here yesterday.
The programme was officiated by the state Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad, while Suhaimi’s speech was delivered by NADA Vice Chief Director of Operation, Izhar Abu Talib.
Suhaimi said, the launching or programmes and activities in the area will follow the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative, which will be done with the cooperation and smart partnership with other agencies and departments to ensure the programmes’ objectives are achieved for the benefit of the society.
Regarding on the programme which is launched on 19 February annually, he said that it is to create awareness among the society about their roles and responsibilities on drug abuse issue which can threaten the peace, wellbeing, security, and stability of the country as well as its economy. – SayangSabah