MIRI: The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) Sarawak hopes to beef up its efforts to fight drug abuse in the state although the number of reported addicts is decreasing from 2013.
Its state director Wan Madihi Wan Salleh said drug abuse cases had gone down to 614 last year from 763 cases reported in 2013.
No doubt the cases have gone down but what is worrying is that many youths are involved and the age group is getting younger. Thus, we must intensify our prevention and
enforcement programmes and work closely with other enforcement agencies to curb the menace, he told a news conference in Limbang on Wednesday.
Its Limbang branch head Wong Hui Siew and representatives from relevant government agencies like the police and Road Transport Department were also present.
Wong said 66 addicts in the division had been rehabilitated and were now under observation.
Without giving the breakdown of the age group, Wan Madihi said males accounted for the most number of drug addicts; 615 out of 763 cases reported in 2013 were males while in 2014 the total male addicts was 569 compared to 113 for female addicts.
Wan Madihi added that besides working closely with the relevant agencies, they also strived to increase their manpower and set up offices in every district in the state.
Currently, they have offices in Kuching, Sr Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.
Three more are proposed for Kapit, Betong and Samarahan.
We will also revamp our office to expand the scope of work and will conduct more drug prevention campaigns in various places, exhibitions, education, counselling, rehabilitation and treatment of drug addicts besides enforcing relevant laws, he said.