Sep 03, 2020

One in 20 Lankans, drug addicts

One in every 20 Sri Lankan living in the country are addicted to drugs, says Minister of Justice Ali Sabry.

Noting that the present government will take necessary measures to eradicate the drug menace from Sri Lanka, the minister said that a special unit would be appointed for the task if necessary.

Speaking at a ceremony held at Viyangalla in Kalutara, the minister said: “In 2015, there were 6,600 drug related cases. I checked with the Government Analyst’s Department and law enforcing authorities recently and found that there had been an alarming increase in cases. In 2016 the number exceeded the 8,000 mark; in 2017 it was over 11,000 and in 2018 the figure jumped over 12,000. Last year, there were 16,000 cases. Since January this year the number of drug related cases has reached 13,000.