KUALA LUMPUR – The Drug Prevention Association of Malaysia’s (Pemadam) ‘Zero to Hero’ programme will produce new cadres at school level to become peer counsellors who can advise their friends to stay away from drugs.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also Pemadam president, said the cadres would be equipped with knowledge on drugs and its effects on addicts, as well as on ways to rehabilitate someone from drug addiction.
“Next, it is hoped they will continue the work of activists until they have become adults, so that they can replace the current leaders of Pemadam in future.
“This will be a long-term project. We might not see the results now as it takes a long time. We will see the effects later.
“For example, the Henry Gurney School in Telok Mas, Melaka. It is one of the schools that has succeeded in rehabilitating many school students who were involved in drugs. Eventually, they are trained to get back to society to become the productive citizens,” he told reporters after launching the programme at the Titiwangsa Stadium here today.
Also present were Pemadam secretary-general Datuk Abd Aziz Sheikh Fadzir and honorary treasurer Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari. – BERNAMA