Indonesia has 4 million drug addicts: Report

April 27, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – New research released Thursday (April 25th) suggests Indonesia is now home to four million drug addicts, ranging in age from 10 to 59 and representing all different educational backgrounds, local media reported.

The study, conducted jointly last year by the University of Indonesia and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), underscored a specific issue.

"They need social and medical rehabilitation, so the BNN is pushing local administrations to provide drug rehabilitation clinics," BNN chief Anang Iskandar said in Mataram on Thursday, adding that rehab is critical in preventing relapses and to reducing illicit drug trafficking, The Jakarta Post reported.

"If those who are addicted to drugs are not in a rehabilitation place, trafficking will continue, because they are customers at all times and require drugs every day," he said, according to

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    • Kohar Suwandi
      April 27, 2013 @ 11:04:35PM
    • The death penalty should be enforced to drug dealers in Indonesia if the government truly cares about the people. The weakness of the law is the reason that drug trafficking has been spreading in Indonesia. What is worse is that there are indications that law enforcement officials are involved in distributing illegal drugs both directly and indirectly.

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