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Three Things to Know About 2017’s Anti-Drug Trends
TEST We summarise the key points of the Central Narcotics Bureau’s annual crime brief.

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Strong enforcement, preventive drug education and community support were the factors that helped the local drug situation remain stable in 2017 according to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). While the overall outlook was positive, the CNB also flagged several areas of concern related to youths. Here are three things you should know about the CNB’s annual statistics release.

A snapshot of anti-drug trends for 2017. GRAPHIC: CNB


1. An area of concern: New, young drug abusers.

In 2017, CNB arrested 3,089 drug abusers, compared to 3,265 in 2016. While there was a 5% drop in arrests, one worrying trend is that about 40% of those arrested last year were new abusers. And of the new abusers who were arrested, about 64% were under 30 years of age. The CNB also reported that the most commonly abused drugs were methamphetamine, heroin and cannabis.

A CNB enforcement operation in November 2017. PHOTO: Aizil A Rahim

2. Getting tough: Enforcement efforts have been stepped up.


To deter new, young abusers from becoming the next generation of drug addicts, the CNB has boosted its enforcement efforts, working closely with other Home Team Departments to keep our streets drug-free. In 2017, the CNB, supported by the Singapore Police Force (SPF), conducted 19 island-wide operations that targeted drug traffickers and abusers. Together with the SPF and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, the CNB also conducted 1,661 operations at our land, air and sea checkpoints to intercept drugs entering Singapore. This effort has borne fruit – drugs seized in 2017 were estimated to have a street value of about $6.54 million.

Working with key partners and stakeholders to take the anti-drug message into the community. Held in October 2017, the Asia-Pacific Forum Against Drugs (top left) saw over 180 anti-drug advocates from the region coming together to share anti-drug strategies. PHOTOS: CNB

3. In it together: Preventive drug education campaigns and community outreach programmes are now more diverse and innovative.


Besides enforcement, another pillar of the CNB’s anti-drug campaign involves reaching out to those who are at risk of drug abuse. Across CNB DrugFreeSG, for example, a variety of posts and videos put a youthful spin on the drug-free lifestyle.

Crucial to this outreach effort is the partnership between the CNB and key stakeholders in the community. By collaborating via groups such as the United Against Drugs Coalition – launched in April 2017 and comprising public agencies, schools, community groups and businesses – the CNB has been able to amplify its messages about the harm caused by drugs.

For more on the CNB’s annual statistics release, visit the CNB website.

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  1. by Mike Tan
  2. 07 February 2018
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