KOTA KINABALU: About 35 locations in the state have been identified as a rehabilitation centre to reduce and prevent the numbers of drug addicts in Sabah from increasing.
Director General of National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), Datuk Suhaimi Abdullah, said through the operations launched by the agency they found that the number of drug addicts have increased.
“To ensure that their numbers are not increasing further, several approaches will continue to proceed at the grass-root level,” he told reporters after his courtesy visit to Sabah Governor, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, at Istana Negeri, here today.
The visit is to brief Tun Juhari as the Governor of Sabah regarding on the current situation of the drug addicts problem in Sabah.
Suhaimi said, even though it is a small increase compared to other states, drug abuse is a problem that needs to be addressed together to prevent it from worsening.
He also said that Sabah AADK will continue its rehabilitation programmes besides from increasing its efforts to prevent drug abuse and create awareness among the communities.
Cooperation with other departments and authority agencies will continue as in line with the National Blue Ocean Strategy approach, he added.
According to Suhaimi, Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centre (CCRC) in the state can accommodate drug addicts and five volunteer service centres.
“We hope that all parties will give their commitments and cooperation to AADK in our effort to tackle drug abuse problem in the state from worsening,” he said.
Programmes to inform and explain to the public about drug abuse will be intensified especially in high risks areas, besides from launching prevention campaigns at schools, he added – SayangSabah