MELAKA (Bernama) – The Government spends about RM280 million a year to manage 28 drug rehabilitation centres nationwide under the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK).
AADK director-general Suhaimi Abdullah said the cost included meals for addicts (between RM8 and RM10 daily), utility bills and the salary of workers at the centre.
He said the centres could accommodate about 6,000 addicts at a time, of which 40 per cent were repeat addicts and the rest, new addicts.
“We have limitations in terms of the cost and capacity of rehabilitation centres…therefore, it’s better for us to strengthen our prevention activities to reduce the number of addicts,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Earlier, Suhaimi attended the closing ceremony of the International Conference on Asian Cities Against Drugs which was officiated by Melaka Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman.
The conference, themed ‘Drug Demand Reduction Specialist 2014’ and organised by the Melaka Historical City Council, was attended by 250 participants from 21 countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, Maldives and Thailand.
Meanwhile, Suhaimi said close cooperation between AADK and the community was needed to reduce demand for drugs in the country.