Jordan reports surge in drug cases, launches national strategy

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AMMAN —Colonel Hassan Al-Qudah, head of the Anti-Drug Department, stated on Saturday that around 23,000 drug cases were recorded in Jordan in 2023, involving more than 35,000 individuals.اضافة اعلان

He added that approximately 13,000 individuals were apprehended in drug trafficking or distribution cases during 2023 (felony cases), Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Qudah continued, "We observed a 25 percent increase in drug cases last year and a 29 percent increase in the number of involved individuals compared to 2022."

"We seized quantities of drugs last year in collaboration with the armed forces, customs, and other security agencies, including approximately 6,200 kilograms of hashish, 6.5 kilograms of heroin, around 19 million Captagon pills, 141.5 kilograms of cocaine, 15 kilograms of Joker powder, and about 70.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, known as 'Shabu,'" Al-Qudah noted, adding that heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs, while crystal methamphetamine causes problems and poses a danger to users and their families.

Qudah outlined the national strategy for combating the drug scourge for the years 2024-2026, launched by the Directorate last Tuesday under the patronage of General Security Director Abdullah Al-Muhaisen.

He pointed out that those who voluntarily seek addiction treatment, either on their own or through their families, are exempted from legal responsibility according to the drug control law. Treatment is free and confidential.

In a speech announcing the strategy’s launch, the General Security Director emphasized the Royal Directives regarding the necessity of combating the drug scourge through a scientific and practical approach involving all relevant ministries and institutions. This aims to protect society, fortify its members, and promote a societal culture that rejects this scourge and its associated crimes.

He added that this strategy is an extension of the continuous royal directives, calling for national efforts to combat drugs. This prompted the General Security Directorate to move forward in line with the wise royal visions and work in effective partnership with all official and civil institutions in Jordan, implementing various activities and events to protect society from the harms and lethal toxins of drugs as required.

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