Awareness key to combat drug abuse among youth

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BRUNEI-MUARA

CREATING national awareness on the dangers of drug abuse is key in curbing drug use among the youth in Brunei, said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the National Family Day event at the Brunei-Muara District, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah said that through awareness, the “youth will be able to reject and say no to drugs”.

The minister noted that drug abuse is not only an issue to any particular country but a global one.

“This does not mean that we condone or tolerate drug problems prevailing in our society. What is very important is how we can create national awareness on the dangers of using drugs (and its impact) to the family, society and country,” he said.

“Drugs weaken the younger generation when they become addicted or when they get involved in drugs. So what is very important is awareness,” he added.

Asked whether the youth’s association with drugs could stem from family issues, YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair agreed, saying this is because the family is the first institution where the children start to learn from.

“Everything begins and starts from the family. It is very important to create awareness and responsibility among families in Brunei to address this (drug) issue,” he said.

The minister said government agencies will always do their best in addressing the drug issue in the country.

On April 14, it was reported that three men were each imposed a fine after they pleaded guilty to drug use. One of the defendants, aged 28, was fined $2,300 after he pleaded guilty to the charge of consuming methamphetamine, locally known as syabu, and possession of drug paraphernalia two years ago.

Meanwhile on April 21, the Magistrates’ Court ordered for two men to be further remanded while investigations are being conducted over their alleged drug related offences.

One of the men, aged 23, was arrested at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post on April 19, when the personnel there found a suitcase allegedly containing drugs weighing 1.2 kilogrammes.

The Brunei Times