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

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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 Drug abuse in Singapore: Young and at risk. Subscribe