Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) made a random drug test on 99 secondary school students from four schools in Lawas between January and March this year.
The result – 23 of them were found to be positive for drug.
State-wide they tested 1,516 students from 85 schools including the four schools in Lawas and 112 were found positive or about 7.4 percent of total students in Sarawak.
It a worrisome situation said AADK deputy director Katrina Ujin.
Drug menace in Lawas, a sleepy, small town in the northernmost part of Sarawak has been widely reported in local media.
“We cannot be in denial mode anymore,” said Minister of Welfare, Woman and Community Wellbeing Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.
“We have to accept the fact that drug dealers are now targeting students,” she told The Borneo Post yesterday.
According to The Borneo Post, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum Agong when contacted expressed disbelief in the AADK urine tests results and vowed to look into the issue.