247 students test positive for drugs last year

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KUCHING: As many as 247 students across the state tested positive for drugs in 2016 with 34 of them from Kuching.

Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (PEMADAM) Sarawak Chapter chairman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the statistics also showed that Kuching Division recorded the highest number of students abusing drugs.

Describing the situation as ‘not serious’, Abdul Karim said Sarawak ranked third from the bottom as compared to other states.

He said the authorities and enforcement agencies would carry out random urine tests regularly or rely on reports to decide which schools or students should be subjected to urine tests.

Abdul Karim, who is also Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister said this when chairing the 71st state-level PEMADAM committee meeting yesterday.

He warned of synthetic drugs processed in laboratories or small rooms which are easy to come by and distributed.

In every school, he said there will be one or two students who are drug pushers. The enforcement agencies or the police will deal directly with these student drug pushers to prevent the situation from getting worse.