NCB holds drug awareness at MTSSR
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
STUDENTS of Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College (MTSSR) were briefed on the dangers and health risks of drug use yesterday.
Held at the college’s building in Jalan Muara, the talk and roadshow was conducted as part of the Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) outreach programme, which was launched in 1988.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Acting Assistant Director of the Preventive Drug Education Division Raimawati Hj Badarudin said the programme is one of NCB’s initiatives in raising awareness among youths in the sultanate on the danger of drug abuse.
“We want to spread awareness and to educate students on the negative effects and dangers of illicit drugs. This is one of our preventive measures in ensuring students do not choose the wrong path,” said the NCB official.
“To become a drug-free nation, education is essential so with such event (yesterday), it is hoped that students will be more aware and be better informed on what they should and should not do,” she added.
Raimawati noted that parents, teachers and the community also play big roles in preventing drug abuse among youths.
Giving the talk was NCB officer Eve Surianah Sulaiman, who spoke about the commonly abused substances and their repercussions.
According to the NCB officer, syabu (methylamphetamine) remained as the most abused drug in the sultanate, followed by marijuana (ganja).
Syabu, also known as Meth, is classified as a ‘Class A’ controlled substance.
The talk also discussed the popular street names of the most abused drug.
In Brunei, syabu is usually referred as gula, kaca, kristal, ajinomoto, batu and nasi lemak, said the speaker.
Yesterday’s road show also featured a mini exhibition in the campus’ hall, which showcased the materials used by drug users, the different drugs and posters of their classification and effects.
Under section 6(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27, consumption of a ‘Class A’ controlled drug carries a penalty of minimum three years imprisonment or $20,000 fine, or both in the case of repeat offenders.
The two-day exhibition will end today.The Brunei Times