Drug Abuse Among Youth In Malaysia
Drug abuse problem should have not be taken lightly by anyone. The effects it can brings to anyone especially to our youth is very detrimental. According to the Malaysian National Drug Information System, National Anti – Drug Agency (AADK), a total of 131,841 drug addicts have been registered in Malaysia between January 2010 and February 2016. From the total number given, drug abuse among youth aged 19 and below in the country amounted to 8,732 people. Young people who persistently subjected to such abuse substances often experience an array of problems, including academic difficulties, health – related problems (including emotional and mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Additionally, there are consequences for family members, the community, and the entire country as well. If we still recalled, the tragic incident involving the burning down of one religious school (Tahfiz) in Kuala Lumpur on 14 September 2017 which have killed 23 peoples mostly the school students. The incident were said to have been carried out by several suspects aged between 11 and 18 years for the case. Among all the suspect arrested, there were suspects believed to be under the influence of drug. This clearly indicate to us that drug abuse could bring many harms. It is the object of this paper to identify the causing factors which make our youth becoming victim to drug abuse, the effects of drug abuse to the youth, and finding possible solutions to the problems. This paper will adopt pure library research as its methodology. Various sources of references both in the form of primary or secondary legal sources will be adopted in this paper. Extensive reference will be made to the existing laws in the country in dealing with drug abuse problem among the youth in the country. At the end of the research, this paper will able to produce several solutions in dealing with the issue concerning drug abuse problem by the youth in the country both from legal and social viewpoint.
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