Alexander added that while various activities have been conducted to support these efforts, they lack coordination across related institutions and were only done “partially.” He said this is beginning to change, especially as concerns are increasing over the younger generation’s role in drug-related crimes.

“We found that in drug-related crimes 40 percent of suspects were youths,” Alexander said.

In Indonesia, crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu, and ecstasy pills are most popular among drug users.

The country is also facing an increasing threat from psychotropics, as younger people are unable to afford shabu, which Alexander said costs about Rp 1,6 million ($118) a gram.

“To save the younger generation, we have help them gain strength to say no to drugs, whether it’s through religious teachings, promoting safe and healthy lifestyles, or parental supervision,” he added.

Courtesy of Jakarta Globe