A study found that 2,169 drug abuse cases last year involved students from primary school, secondary school and university/college. - NSTP/ File pic

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Drug abuse among the younger generation in Malaysia is becoming a cause for concern, with children as young as seven getting involved in it.

Certified Fraud Examiners Association (Malaysia Chapter) president Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar said a study found that 2,169 drug abuse cases last year involved students from primary school, secondary school and university/college.

He said the study revealed that 74 per cent of new drug addicts were aged 19 to 39.

“The highest cases of drug abuse were found in Pahang, and the lowest in Sarawak.

“There are about 70 new drug addicts recorded daily.

“This figure is worrying as it shows that drug abuse is becoming prevalent, and involving kids as well,” he said after officiating Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Bukit Mertajam’s Excellence Award Ceremony here today.

Certified Fraud Examiners Association (Malaysia Chapter) president Datuk Seri Akhbar Satar mingles with students after officiating Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Bukit Mertajam’s Excellence Award Ceremony. -NSTP/SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Akhbar said what was even more alarming was that there were also syndicates selling drugs online.

“These syndicates disguise the drugs to make them look like sweets and candies to avoid detection.

“They also use students to distribute the drugs in school.”

Akhbar said poor upbringing was one of the main reasons why students take drugs.

“Children who are neglected by their parents often start taking drugs as an act of rebellion or to fit in with a particular group,” he said.

Akhbar said parents must play a proactive role to ensure that their children do not get involved in drugs.

“Talk to your children and encourage them to confide in you when they have any problems.

“Monitor their online activities and keep an eye on their mobile phone use,” he added.