Maldives request Lanka's help to rehabilitate drug addicts
The Maldivian government has requested the government of Sri Lanka to
extend support to rehabilitate drug addicts in the Maldives, National
Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) chairman Leisha de Silva
She said discussions are underway to initiate a programme in this
regard and reports on the situation have been sought from the Maldives.
The Sri Lankan government is to sign an MoU with the Maldivian
government after discussions. "Sri Lanka has extensive experience in
rehabilitating drug offenders. Under the President's initiative to
eradicate the drug menace, 42,500 persons were arrested in 2011," Police
According to Police Department reports, most youths are addicted to
Ganja and Heroin. Over 200,000 kilogrammes of Ganja, 39,000 kilos of
Heroine,18,000 kilogrammes of Hashish,10,500 kilogrammes and 1,769
kilogrammes of meth had been seized in 2011.