Drug related arrests up by 23 per cent last year



By Dilanthi Jayamanne


The Handbook of Drug Abuse Information (HBDAI) - 2016 reveals that the total drug related arrests last year was 82,482 up from 67,025 made in 2014. The HBDAI released by the National Dangerous Drug Control Board (NDDCB) stated that drug related arrests had increased by 23 per cent last year.


NDDCB has said that the total number of drug related arrests in 2012 was 47,926. When compared with the year 2013 drug related arrests increased by 1.5 per cent in 2014. Thirty five per cent of arrests was related to heroin and 65 per cent to cannabis.


According to the HBDAI – 2016, 32 per cent of the total drug related arrests last (2015) year was related to heroin and 63 per cent to cannabis. Most number of drug related arrests has been reported from the Western Province (60 per cent) while the Southern and Central provinces had recorded 10 percent and eight per cent respectively. "The Colombo District contributed to 43 per cent of the total drug arrests while Gampaha and Kurunegala contributed to 14 percent and four percent respectively."


The HBDAI‚Äąstates that the prevalence of drug related arrests was 397 per 100,000 of the population last year.


The HBDAI says that most of the drug related arrests in 2014 were reported from the Western Province (61 per cent) while the Southern and Uva Provinces had recorded 10 per cent and four per cent respectively. The Colombo District accounted for 44 percent of the arrests and the Districts of Gampaha and Galle 13 percent and five per cent respectively. The prevalence of drug related arrests was 329 per 100,000 in 2014.


The HBDAI contains data collected from Departments of Police, Prisons Customs, Excise and the Health and Indigenous Medicine.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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