Getting into business to feed addiction

Getting into business to feed addiction

MALAYSIA - Starting with marijuana, he quickly advanced to crystal meth (syabu).

The pint-sized teenager was first introduced to drugs by a schoolmate he believed was working with pushers in his Cheras neighbourhood.

He was forking out at least RM50 a day as his addiction grew more serious.

Because his daily pocket money was only RM5, Remy said he turned to crime, such as breaking into cars for small change and valuables, to fund his habit.

He soon began snatching handbags and stealing motorcycles.

"Supply is not a problem because pushers seem to know your face.

"Drug addicts know that in every district and neighbourhood, there is at least one tokan (pusher).

"Usually, there are more than one, and we identify them quickly as we cannot rely on a single pusher, in case he runs out of stock."

When Remy's parents discovered his addiction, he was sent to a National Anti-Drugs Agency's Cure & Care 1Malaysia clinic for treatment.

The Fourth Former had been exempted from school until December to complete the treatment.

The youth admitted that he was also selling heroin and marijuana to friends in small amounts.

For Rahmat*, 43, his heroin addiction and the returns that came with it drove him to sell what little supply he had for profit.

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