June 27, 2020, 07.31 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Children in Indonesia continue to be the victims of the lucrative narcotics market, Indonesia’s Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection revealed on World Drug Day 2020.

“Children are often viewed as the target by the lucrative narcotics market particularly for drug abuse. Due to their age, children are in search of their identity and are easily persuaded,” said Lenny N Rosalin, Deputy Head of Children’s Development at the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection on June 26.

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Lenny shared a finding where children who were exposed to drugs are likely to become long-term drug users. Such likelihood puts the future generation in jeopardy during both the short term and long term.

Lenny continued by sharing that there are currently several methods used on Indonesian children in getting them involved in narcotics.

A 2018 Survey on Narcotics Abuse and Black Market indicated that the prevalence rate of drug use among students or university students stood at 3.2 percent.

That comprised of 2.3 million of the survey respondents.

“That is why parents must be on guard in monitoring their children so as to keep them away from the dangers of narcotics,” said Lenny.

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To prevent the dangers of narcotics from reaching children in Indonesia, the Head of Children’s Development at the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection is working with Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency.

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