KOTA KINABALU – The government’s efforts to see the country free from threat of drugs by 2015 may be unrealistic to reach as the number of drug addicts increased by the years in Sabah.
“We aim to empower a free-drug society but it is difficult to achieve which is alarming for us,” said the Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid to reporters after chairing the PEMADAM (National Drug Agency) committee meeting, today.
According to the statistics from National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) in Sabah last year the number of drug addicts increased to 1,036 cases compared to 658 cases in 2013.
Jainab disclosed that from the statistic, it also indicates that the highest number of drug addicts were coming from private sectors including those who worked in hotels, factories as well as in agriculture industry.
“We need to focus on the issues and areas with red spot. The responsibility to address drug problems should not be laid solely to the government, it requires the involvement of the society as a whole.”
She stressed on that immediate action needed to be taken to curb the drug abuse.
“This is a chronic social problems and a decease. All parties need to work together in comprehensive movement to eradicate this problems,” she said.
Last year, AADK Sabah organised a Technical Work Group to eradicate drug abuse in Sabah. The event saw 30 agencies getting involved in the implementation of focused programmes in order to identify high-risk areas and formulate action plans. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah