Preventing Drug Use for Women in Papua – The Papua Provincial National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) said that women in Papua are vulnerable to falling into the abuse of narcotics and illegal drugs (drugs).

This can be seen from the number of those living in Correctional Institutions (Lapas) in Papua.

“From the available data, there are for about 35 women who are victims of drug use. They are in the Women’s Prison in Keerom and also in Jayapura Prison,” said the Head of the BNNP Papua Brigadier General Rahmat Hidayat in Jayapura, Saturday (31/12/2022).

According to Rahmat, there are many factors causing women to slip into the black abyss of narcotics. Among them are due to economic problems to association.

“It could also be due to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of drugs for health and legal sanctions,” said Rahmat.

In order to prevent and protect women, various outreach activities that can educate and increase understanding of the negative effects of consuming prohibited goods are further encouraged.

“Activities to socialize the dangers of drugs are carried out through mass media, both print and electronic, as well as through face-to-face meetings with mothers and young women’s associations, residential areas, schools and campuses,” said Rahmat.

He added, apart from being victims of drug abuse, not a few women were trapped in the circle of illicit trafficking of these prohibited substances.

The involvement of women in the black abyss of narcotics makes them bear a heavier burden. The reason is that most of them have to be willing to leave their children in the care of other people, until the woman gets released of jail.

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