Drug use is rampant in Indonesia. Photo: iStock
Drug use is rampant in Indonesia. Photo: iStock

Staggering statistics have shown that 5.9 million children in Indonesia are using drugs. According to the latest report issued by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), about 5.9 million children use drugs and another 1.6 million children deal drugs, the International Policy Digest reported.

With 88 million people in the middle-class income level, Indonesia is a ripe market for drug syndicates. In addition, the nation’s coasts are not exactly well guarded, all of which adds up to easy smuggling.

Budi Waseso, the head of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN), said most drugs found in Indonesia were made in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Africa and China. Reports from his investigations suggest Indonesia was a big market.

He also stressed that there were about 60 drug rings operating in Indonesia, which had caused 63.1 trillion Rupiah (US$4 million) in state losses.

The KPAI said Indonesian youngsters would continue to use drugs unless the government made a better effort with preventive measures.

Looking at the numbers, the reliance on police and BNN was insufficient as the BNN only has 4,600 people working for them. The lack of manpower combating drugs is also a factor.