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Drug use in PPR communities to be monitored

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) is monitoring drug abuse in People's Housing Project (PPR) communities, which it has identified as high-risk areas.
Speaking after an integrated anti-drug operation, known as Ops BAH 38, early Friday morning, AADK deputy director-general Datuk Izhar Abu Talib said the agency had received many complaints and reports from residents in those communities, prompting it to investigate the areas in addition to other potential drug ports such as entertainment joints and illegal gambling dens.
"The situation in PPR communities is worrying and could be caused by risk factors such as the high population density and limited recreational facilities," he said.
Izhar said Ops BAH 38 is a follow-up to the previous night's Ops Perdana and the agency had managed to round up a total of 139 suspected drug addicts from PPR communities and entertainment joints in areas around Kuala Lumpur.
About 84 of those caught tested positive for various drugs such as ganja, opiates, morphine and methamphetamine.
Among those nabbed were 12 teenagers aged 13 to 19.
Izhar said the teenage addicts will be sent to the agency's Cure & Care rehabilitation centre in Karangan, Kedah after receiving a court order.
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