Working Class Indonesians Drive Local Drug Demand, BNN Says
Makassar. Working class Indonesians now makeup 70 percent of the nation’s illicit drug users as the growing local drug market reaches 2.2 percent of the total population, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said on Tuesday.
There are 3.8 million to 4.2 million illicit drug users in Indonesia, according to BNN head Gories Mere, citing a survey conducted at the end of 2011.
Twenty-two percent of those drug users were students. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 29 years old had the highest levels of prevalence, with 4.41 percent of the population reportedly using illicit drugs.
These figures are likely just the tip of the iceberg, Gories said.
The National Police announced that Indonesian drug smuggling was on the rise after a series of significant drug busts, including 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine found in a Cengkareng, West Jakarta, warehouse on June 5 and 1.5 million ecstasy pills — the biggest bust in ten years — were seized from shipping containers on May 28, 2012.