Published: 2018-02-19 12:21
Last Updated: 2018-02-19 12:59
Security forces have arrested 12 students for possessing and selling drugs to other students in one of Jordan’s government universities, reported Al Ghad newspaper.
Head of the Anti-Narcotics Department, Anwar Al Tarawneh, told Al Ghad on Wednesday that “our universities and schools are completely drug-free.”
He added that for the majority of the time, those who are found using or selling drugs are arrested in their or their friends’ homes.
“The number of students arrested on drug-related charges has decreased by almost 50% in 2017 - that’s 543 students - in comparison with the 925 students arrested for the same offences in 2016.”
Last month, Jordanian MP Mazen Qadi called for supporting the Anti-Narcotics Department to enable it to respond to the increasing number of youths using drugs in the country.
Qadi said that despite the Unit's great efforts to combat drug-use, and the armed forces' attempts to stop the smuggling of drugs into the Kingdom, many Jordanian youths continue to use them.