Updated: 03/07/2014 01:05

"Party" or "lifestyle" drugs have been gaining popularity of late

"Party" or "lifestyle" drugs have been gaining popularity of late

Drugs which are used for leisure purposes, commonly known as "Party" or "lifestyle" drugs, have been gaining popularity of late. 

73 per cent of new drug abusers arrested last year were abusers of methamphetamine or ICE and cannabis and more than half arrested were below the age of 30 years old. 

This is higher than in 2012. 

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Masagos Zulkifli provided this update while he was speaking in parliament. 

He says the unfavourable regional situation has posed a challenge to the government's efforts in combating drugs. 

"The regional drug situation is expected to worsen, with reports of higher production, trafficking and consumption of heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants. International drug syndicates are also targeting the region. We are monitoring these trends closely." 

On how the home affairs ministry plans to counter this threat; 

Mr Masagos says the Central Narcotics Bureau, CNB is working with the Education Ministry to feature e-articles with anti-drug information for parents in Education portals, and individual school websites. 

The home affairs ministry has also collaborated with the social and family ministry to introduce casework and counselling for young first-time drug abusers since July last year. 

Mr Masagos adds that a Community Rehabilitation Centre for moderate-risk youths will start operation later this year.

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