The results of the urine test revealed that all of the participating personnel were clean
Gorontalo (ANTARA) - Forty personnel of the 133/Nani Wartabone Regional Military Command joined a urine testing program that the National Narcotics Agency (BNN)-Gorontalo Office conducted Monday.

The urine test was part of the drug prevention efforts to make sure that they were all free from any drug misuse, the 133/Nani Wartabone Regional Military Command's spokesman, Major Fathan Ali, told journalists in Gorontalo.

The results of the urine test revealed that all of the participating personnel were clean, he said.

Commander of the 133/Nani Wartabone Regional Military Command Colonel Arnold Ritiauw said about this program that his men were expected to have a better understanding about the danger of addictive drugs,

The military personnel have well comprehended the orders in the chain of command to get rid of drug crimes and misuses of addictive drugs, he added.

Indonesia remains under grave threat from drug dealers, as several individuals from its working-age population have been embroiled in a vicious circle.

According to the National Narcotics Agency's report, some 50 drug use-related deaths occur in Indonesia. However, their deaths have failed to deter other drug users in the country from consuming these banned substances.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs transcend communities and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Hence, Indonesia is perceived by both domestic and transnational drug dealers as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug users. The value of the drug trade in the country is estimated at nearly Rp66 trillion.

In response to the illicit drugs that drug kingpins have smuggled into and traded in the country over the past few decades, the Indonesian government continues to apply punitive measures against them.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, had also issued shoot-at-sight orders against drug kingpins.

However, this has failed to dissuade drug traffickers, who continue to treat Indonesia as one of their main markets even as Indonesian law enforcers continue their relentless fight against them. (INE)
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Translator: Adiwinata S, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
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