Heroin, cannabis threat in Sri Lanka

Use of illegal drugs increasing world over lead by cannabis says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Use of illegal drugs increasing world over lead by cannabis says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Global drug use has risen by some 8 percent in the past year, with cannabis leading the way, and synthetic narcotics such as amphetamines and ecstasy declining,” said a news release from the UN.

Local drug control authorities say cannabis is one of the most popular drugs in Sri Lanka as well, mainly as ayurvedic preparations.

The National Dangerous Drug Control Board (NDDCB) says cannabis and heroin are the most commonly used drugs in Sri Lanka.

“These drugs are freely available in the local market,” says Y Ratnayake, executive Director, NDDCB.

The easy availability of hard drugs, says the NDDCB, is the biggest danger to young people.

Last year the police made 22,337 drug related arrests, over half from the western province and one third young people in their twenties.

Heroin is mostly smuggled into the island from India and Pakistan using fishing boats an