Education Ministry, Nada, join forces to tackle student drug abuse

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PADANG TERAP: The Education Ministry will collaborate with the National Anti-Drugs Agency (Nada) to expand the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) at the state down to the district-level, to tackle drug abuse among school students.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said through the NBOS approach, the ministry and Nada will engage all government agencies, both at the federal and state levels, to work with community leaders in areas where ‘high risk’ schools are located.

Mahdzir said it is high time that the NBOS strategy is implemented in the war against drug abuse among school children, as the number of student addicts has reached an alarming level.

“We must rope in all stakeholders, including various government agencies, parents, local communities, religious organisations and so on, to join the war against drug addiction.

“Through the approach, the NBOS committee, at district level, will have better coordination in tackling drug abuse among students in high-risk schools,” he said after launching the national-level Shields – a drug abuse prevention programme at Kolej Mara Kuala Nerang here today.

Present were Nada director-general Datuk Dr Abd Halim Mohd Hussin, Kedah state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Badrol Hisham Hashim and Bukit Kayu Hitam assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Zaini Jaapar.

About 500 high-risk students from selected schools nationwide are involved in the four-day programme, which aims to curb the participants’ addiction.

In his speech, Dr Abd Halim said some 1,411 students nationwide tested positive for drug abuse last year – an increase of 3.8 per cent, from 3.51 per cent in 2015. -NST

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