About 9% of young people between the ages of 14 and 18 use cannabis, and one in five use it daily, the House Legal Committee said Wednesday.
The numbers are at the suggestion of Disy MP Fotini Tsiridou, who told reporters that the numbers submitted by the police anti-drug force (Ykan) show an 84% increase in cannabis attacks. In a year presented during discussions on trafficking and use. She added that similar numbers have been shown for cocaine.
The MP was also informed that there were 60 teenagers aged 14 to 18 years involved in drug trafficking in the past year.
About 1,000 people are arrested each year on suspicion of drugs, Disy MP said, expressing concern about the scope of drug use and trafficking in Cyprus.
The problem was complicated, so Tsiridou said he brought the problem to the committee to identify the gap. Parliamentarians can then take legislative action, giving police and authorities a legal framework to do a better job.
“We need to consider a comprehensive solution, and in future sessions we will consider numbers on issues of oppression, punishment and prevention,” she said.
The MP will first look at the numbers given by Ykan and the Cyprus National Addictions Authority to see what suggestions they can make.
“The National Bureau of Addiction of Cyprus guarantees that urban sewage is tested four times a year, which are scientifically checked for drug levels. Compared to Europe, Cyprus Doesn’t seem to be as proliferating as we are all. I’m curious given the attacks and arrests, “she said.
Her understanding, she added, is that police and drug control units seem to be doing a great job when comparing data from the Cyprus National Addiction Department to arrests and seizures.
Diko MP Panicos Leonidas said the problem of coping with young people unfortunately seemed to be much larger and called for an immediate reassessment of substance use to better coping with the problem.
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