70% of new drug abusers arrested are below 30 years old: CNB

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SINGAPORE - The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested 1,684 drug abusers in the first half of this year.

According to statistics from CNB, this is an 8 per cent increase from the 1,560 drug abusers arrested in the first half of last year.

About 37 per cent (619) of the arrested drug abusers this year are new abusers, of which 71 per cent (438) were below 30 years old.

CNB said this is an increase from 338 from the corresponding period a year ago.

Methamphetamine and heroin continued to be the two most commonly drugs, with such abusers making up over 90 per cent of all drug abusers arrested.

The number of cannabis users grew by 18 per cent from the first half of 2014.

CNB also seized approximately $3.55 million worth of drugs.

Seizures of cannabis, Ecstasy, ketamine and nimetazepam increased, while seizures of heroin and Ice decreased in the first half of this year, compared to the same period last year.

Notably, cannabis seizures increased by 140 per cent.

CNB said it will "remain vigilant and monitor the drug situation closely".

"We will continue to maintain close co-operation with our regional counterparts to stem the inflow of drugs into Singapore."