Increase in drugs seized and number of drug abusers arrested: Central Narcotics Bureau

Close-up view of heroin seized in CNB operation on 31 July 2013. In the first half of this year, more drug seizures have been made and the number of drug abusers arrested has increased, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Monday. -- FILE
Close-up view of heroin seized in CNB operation on 31 July 2013. In the first half of this year, more drug seizures have been made and the number of drug abusers arrested has increased, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU

In the first half of this year, more drug seizures have been made and the number of drug abusers arrested has increased, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Monday.

The number of drug abusers arrested increased by 3 per cent, from 1,731 in the first half of 2012 to 1,790 in the same period this year. The estimated street value of drug seizures in the first half of this year amounts to about $9.4 million, which is also an increase when compared to the same period last year.

Seizures of heroin and methamphetamine remained high, with an estimated 36kg and 22.5kg seized respectively. Of the amount of 'Ice' seized, close to 80 per cent was not intended for the local market. Heroin and methamphetamine are also the most commonly abused drugs, with 92 per cent of all drug abusers arrested being heroin or methamphetamine abusers. Cannabis was the third most commonly abused drug, and the number of new cannabis abusers arrested went up by 34 per cent, from 38 in the first half of 2012 to 51 in the same period this year.

The CNB spokesman said the agency has been reaching out to youths through various platforms, in its efforts to prevent the next generation from abusing drugs. Building on the theme of this year's Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign 2013 - 'Life Does Not Rewind, Say 'No' To Drugs' - CNB, together with partners and key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education and the National Council Against Drug Abuse, continued to reach out to engage and educate youths and their parents on the dangers of drug abuse and its severe consequences.