Survey reveals about 6,100 children below 18 addicted to heroin



By Ifham Nizam


President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered that the existing excise laws be amended to boost the country’s war on drugs.


More than 100,000 persons consume heroin daily in the country and out of them nearly 1,500 persons are women, reveal the findings of a survey jointly conducted by the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention, National Dangerous Drugs Control Board and the Police.


Some 300,000 people are addicted to cannabis and 1,500 of them are women.


President has asked the National Rehabilitation Authority for Drug addicts to implement a special programme at the provincial level to rehabilitate the victims as around 150,000 children under the age of 18 years are reported to be among the victims of the dope menace.


The report, recently handed over to the President, further reveals that around 6,100 children who are under the age of 18 years have been addicted to heroin.


A total of 40,846 suspects have been arrested in connection with illegal drugs trafficking during the past six months under special operations carried out on the directions of the National Drug Prevention Programme. More than 3,500 kilos of illegal drugs have been detected.


During the operation, 20,309 suspects have been arrested with about 1,030 kilos of heroin. A total of 20,015 persons have been arrested with 2379 kilos of cannabis.


The ongoing operations will be further expanded and special programmes were underway to curtail the daily requests for drugs, the President’s Office said.


A special interim unit has been set up for this purpose under the instructions of the President, the PMD said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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