Malaysia plans scanners with eye test tech to net
Lumpur: To "look at the growing drug abuse cases
children in the eye", Malaysian
government has decided to set up
scanners with eye test
technology in schools to track down
addiction, a news report said here
Education Minister Datuk Noh Omar
said a pilot project would be carried out at a
Kuala Lumpur next month to determine the
effectiveness of the plan.
According to the police, the number of
students caught for drug related
offences had quadrupled in three years from 59
cases in 2003 to 225 cases in 2005, the New
Straits Times said.
The minister said drug users detected by the eye
scanner would also be subjected to urine tests to
be more accurate about their `habit'. Noh said the
scanners, at RM 2,000 (Rs 24000) each, were
cost-effective, less time-consuming, and allowed
more people to be tested than the standard urine
tests currently performed.
"The scanners will not only identify students
under the influence of drugs but also the types of
drugs they are consuming. This will show up in a
graph," Noh was quoted by the daily as saying.
"If a test
shows a student is under the
influence of drugs, he will not be handed to the
police but will be grouped with
other students similarly detected and they will be
sent for counselling," he said.
"The Education Ministry has come up with a module
which will also include co-curricular activities
to rehabilitate the affected students," the paper