Drug abuse in Singapore: Young and at risk

Experts say youth are vulnerable to becoming addicted to drugs as their brains are still not fully developed

The issue of young drug abusers was flagged as a worrying concern in Parliament recently, as the number of new abusers aged below 20 rose by 30 per cent - from 235 in 2017 to 305 last year.

There was also a rise in the number of drug abusers arrested last year, particularly for abusing new psychoactive substances (NPS) and methamphetamine or Ice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Young and at risk'. Print Edition | Subscribe