Jan 02, 2018

45,000 addicts want 4 kg of heroin a day Featured

Sri Lanka has an estimated 45,000 heroin addicts, and their daily requirement is four kilos, according to latest statistics.

Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Prof. Ravindra Fernando gave the details at a media briefing on December 29.

He said the country’s heroin addicts needed 1,478 kilos of heroin a year, adding that the contraband was being smuggled into the country by fishing trawlers from India and Pakistan and through other means.

Prof. Fernando also said the eastern, Uva and southern provinces were having illegal cannabis cultivations of around 500 hectares.

He added that the government has formulated a plan, through the relevant state agencies, to eliminate narcotic drugs by 2020.