KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21: The National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) will be drawing up a strategic plan for the National Drugs Policy (NDP) in the effort to address drug related issues in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the policy would serve as the reference point and key guide in combating drug abuse in the country.
“At the Cabinet meeting on March 10, the government agreed that the NDP be the source of reference and main guide for efforts to combat the scourge at all levels of implementation throughout the country.
“The plan encompasses five core thrusts namely prevention; treatment and rehabilitation; enforcement, mitigating risks and international cooperation in combating drug abuse holistically, ” he said during the Question and Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Nur Jazlan was replying to a question from Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (BN-Kulim) who had wanted to to know the latest statistics on the number of drug addicts, the number of drug addicts arrested in the last two years and what was being done to tackle the scourge.
According to AADK’s latest statistics, 30,846 drug addicts were caught from January to September last year while the figure for 2015 was 26,626 (arrests).