Sunday, February 14, 2016

Female addicts on the rise in Kelantan, says national anti-drug agency

The number of female drug addicts in Kelantan is worrying, with most getting involved in drug abuse as early as 12. National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) deputy director-general (management) Azizan Ariffin said last year, there were 55 female drug addicts in the state as compared to 44 in 2014. "This is a serious social problem which must not be ignored as it affects this group (women)," he said. He was speaking to reporters after attending the launch of the AADK roadshow in conjunction with the Kelantan National Anti-Drug Day by state 1Malaysia squad chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Derashid in Kota Baru today. Aziz is also state assemblyman for Kuala Balah. Azizan said female drug addicts were now being sent to the Bachok Narcotic Addiction Rehabilitation Centre (Puspen). He said the number of drug addicts recorded in the state last year was 3,289 while in 2014, it was 2,426. "The increase in the number of drug addicts in the state is due to hardcore poverty, and most of them are faced with learning problems," he said, adding that AADK would continue to combat drug addiction at homes, schools and the community. – Bernama, February 14, 2016.]]>

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