Treatment of drug addicts may be outsourced, says home minister

The home minister says even 12-year-old children have been identified as drug addicts. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the National Anti-Drugs Agency (Nada) is studying the possibility of outsourcing the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.

Muhyiddin said outsourcing would lower the burden on the government. Local communities would be able to play their role in rehabilitating addicts.

He also encouraged NGOs to set up their own private rehabilitation centers, saying there are currently 55 registered private centres nationwide.

Muhyiddin said outsourced treatment would help to ensure that addicts can have a more successful recovery, maintain their recuperation and contribute to the development of the nation’s human capital.

“The issue of drug abuse is worsening and the age of those starting to use drugs is getting younger, with even 12-year-olds being identified as addicts.

“This challenge of drug addiction should be carried by all parties. We must all play our role in handling this problem, especially parents, the local community and NGOs,” he added.