SANDAKAN: Ask any parent and they will tell you that sometimes you just have to be cruel to be kind when it comes to your children.
Parents of two men here did just that after they gave up trying to get their sons to kick the drug habit. They turned them over to the authorities to get help.
District National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) chief, Aisyah Abdul Karim, said the two men, aged 20 and 35, who live in Mile 7 and Mile 2 here had started to use drugs two to three years ago.
“The parents of both addicts were determined to send them to AADK because they worry the worst is going to happen to their sons.
“We commend the action of these two families as it is not easy to make such a decision.
“AADK will take responsibility for their treatment and rehabilitation.”
Aisyah said the two men were among eight hauled up by AADK during an Ops Cegah operation, Wednesday.
The operation covered areas in Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Tongod and Beluran. No drugs were seized during the operation.
All eight detainees were arrested under Section 3 (1) of Drug Dependents (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983, Amendment 1998.
Aisyah hoped the community will continue to supply information on drug abuse cases in their areas.