MHA news release: Firm actions to nip drug problem in the bud

24 Apr 2012

The inter-ministry Taskforce on Drugs recommends strategies to tackle rising trend of repeat and new young drug abusers. Singapore resolves to continue its zero-tolerance approach towards drug abuse.

The Taskforce on Drugs (Taskforce) formed in October 2011 and chaired by Minister of State (Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs), Mr Masagos Zulkifli, has completed its work in reviewing the current drug abuse situation.

In combating drug abuse, Singapore faces the dual challenges of a worsening regional drug supply situation, and the changing attitudes of young people towards drug abuse. In particular, the rising numbers of repeat and young new drug abusers arrested are areas of concern.

The Taskforce has recommended a comprehensive approach to tackle the drug situation; covering targeted prevention, strong deterrence and enforcement, upstream intervention for young abusers, rehabilitation and supervision to prevent relapse, and active engagement of families and the community to support the fight against drugs.

Summing up the recommendations of the Taskforce, Minister of State (Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs), Mr Masagos Zulkifli, emphasised in his speech at the Central Narcotics Bureau Workplan Seminar 2012:

“We will continue to be tough on drugs and forge a national consensus of zero-tolerance of drug abuse.”

“While the government and the community will support the ex-drug abuser and facilitate his successful reintegration, it is ultimately the responsibility of the individual not to relapse or negatively influence others. If he does, he will have to face the consequences of his actions – swiftly and surely.”

MOS Mr Masagos Zulkifli will chair an inter-agency steering committee to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.

Additional Attachments:
Attachment 1 – Background Information on the Taskforce on Drugs
Attachment 2 – Key Recommendations from the Taskforce on Drugs
Attachment 3 – Framework of Recommendations

Ministry of Home Affairs
24 April 2012