‘Re-examine ways to deal with teenage druggies’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The efforts and measures taken to deal with drug abuse among teenagers have to be re-examined, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

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The Alliance For a Safe Community chairman said a recent study by the Public Health Institute under the Health Ministry revealed that some 60,000 teenagers were involved in drug abuse.

“The study also showed that three out of four teenagers started taking drugs as early as 14 years old. It is very alarming,” he said.Thus, the government and other entities should re-examine their approaches towards addressing the problem and look at how effective such methods had been, Lee said.“Given that the focus now is on social media, the government should devise appropriate social media strategies to help young people,” he said.

“We should also study to what extent the teenagers are influenced by their peers to take drugs,” he said.

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