ALOR SETAR – Kedah police have identified 15 schools in the state where students have been engaged in drug related activities and are in the process of dealing with the problem.
Kedah police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff said the schools were located in several districts including Kota Setar, Kubang Pasu, Sungai Petani and Padang Terap.
“Arrests in the past have involved students. From there, we found that there are students who take drugs as well as distribute them, especially syabu and ketum, since both are easily available. We want to ‘clean’ the schools which have been identified, involving almost 100 students, for fear that these activities can become widespread,” he said after a blood donation programme held in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebration at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here, today.
During the programme, Asri who also visited and presented hampers to about 80 patients at the hospital said the department had also produced a video documentary on drug related crimes to be distributed to MPs and schools throughout Kedah.
“This video contain a documentary which includes former drug addicts talking about the adverse effects of drug abuse. Currently, we have produced 1,000 VCDs for distribution. On April 30, a programme will be held with MPs to discuss drug related problems which occur in their respective areas and they will be given a copy of the VCD,” he said.
In another development, Asri said the crime rate in Kedah saw a drop of 5.65 per cent for the period between January to April 15 this year, compared with the same period last year. – BERNAMA