KUALA SELANGOR – Selangor Drug Prevention Society (PEMADAM) Selangor has identified 15 concentrated areas in the state believed to be the location of drug addiction among adolescents.
Selangor Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari said most of the focus areas involved the urban poor due to the influence of local culture and recurrent billing.
“In addition, we find new billing issues consisting of 12-15 year old schoolgirls,” said Amirudin.
“Although the facts that we have are not much but I’m afraid this is going to spread and we are starting awareness activities from time to time,” he added.
“I know this is not a task that can be done in a year but we have to deal with a slightly different approach.”
He said this to the media after completing the Launching Ceremony of the Generation Generation Campaign at Kuala Selangor 2019 at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kuala Selangor.
Amirudin said the existence of new addicts among adolescents is likely to encourage them to do extreme things such as killing.
He added that the drug culture was more prevalent in primary schools than in high schools and universities.
“What is more worrisome is that the current technological developments are being used in the synthetic drug manufacturing process which makes it more serious than ever,” he said.
“The problem (the drug) began to spread in high school, and now the latest in primary school, which is a challenge to educational institutions and the establishment of human capital,” Amirudin added.
“Our future will be lost and destroyed, including everything our grandfather and grandmother had in the previous generation if we do not tackle and deal with drug problems that are becoming increasingly challenging.”