KOTA BHARU, Sept 15 -- The results of the research on the effects of drug abuse in Kelantan undertaken by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will help the state government to formulate strategies to address the issue.
Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the research was very important to find out the cause of the drug abuse problem in Kelantan which led to occurrence of other crimes, such as domestic violence, burglary, robbery, motorcycle theft and so on.
He told a press conference after chairing the state-level Anti-Drug Action Council meeting which was also attended by National Anti-Drugs Agency director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah in Kota Darulnaim here today.
Ahmad said the research involves several stages and the results will be applied while formulating strategies to combat drug abuse in the state.
He said apart from that, the meeting also agreed for the Kelantan Education Department to intensify campaigns and information on the danger of drugs to students, as well as the community and parents.
"Parents need to play a role in ensuring that their children will not get involve in such activities," he said.
Meanwhile, Zulkifli said the AADK pilot project model in collaboration with various government agencies that monitored 12 high-risk areas of drug abuse nationwide, began to bear fruit as some areas had returned to green and yellow zone status.
"In each of these areas (nationwide) there are about 60,000 individuals involved in drug abuse," he said.
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