In Maldives, children as young as 8 years fall victim to drug addiction

Police raid a 'drug café' in Male City on November 26, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Health Ministry states that the number of children addicted to drugs are increasing in Maldives, with children as young as eight years hooked on drugs. 

Health Ministry officials attended the parliamentary sitting on Wednesday morning to brief the Parliament regarding the current drug situation in Maldives. 

Briefing the Parliament, Deputy Health Minister Safiyya Mohamed Saeed said that the age of people addicted to drugs have expanded over the years. 

She said that while records show drug abuse was most common among people between 22 years and 34 years back in 2014, the age category has expanded to 17-68 years over recent years. 

Safiyya also expressed concern over the increase in drug abuse among children. 

“We have note that a large number of chidren fall victim to drug addiction in Maldives. A large number of children abuse drugs. Drug abuse is most predominant among children between 15 and 17 years of age. But we also note that children as young as eight years are falling victim to drug addiction,” she said. 

Safiyya said that children and migrant workers are also being used to peddle drugs. 

Health Ministry’s report shows not a single atoll in Maldives is free from drug abuse. A wide range of drugs are smuggled into Maldives, some of them via post.