Turkey holds special operation on drug trafficker arrest
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 13
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
A special operation on drug dealer arrest is conducted in Istanbul, Turkish newspaper Haber7 reported Jan. 13.
The special operation is carried out on 10 addresses and over 25 people were detained.
Among the detainees there are citizens of foreign countries. The TV channel does not disclose them.
Earlier, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the fight against drugs would be strengthened.
He said that the use of drugs is one of the problems in Turkey.
Davutoglu said that drug traffickers would be prosecuted as terrorists in the country.
"The government intends to increase the number of drug rehabilitation centers in the country," he said.
Today, there are 48,374 teenage drug addicts in Turkey. A drug called 'bonzai' is the most commonly used one among teenagers in Turkey.
The minimum age of drug addicts in Turkey is 13, the maximum being 65, according to the Turkish Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (TUBIM).
TUBIM stats show that 2.9 percent of drug addicts among the Turkish citizens are aged 15-24, 2.8 percent - 25-44, and 2.3 percent - 45-64.
In 2013, some 5,214 people were treated in Turkey for drug addiction. There are 22 drug treatment centers for drug addiction in the country.
Over the last four years, some 316,466 people were arrested in Istanbul for the use and sale of drugs.
Turkey has recently tightened the fight against drug addiction.
Earlier, the Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said that the sale of psychotropic drugs without a prescription will be banned in the fight against drug abuse.
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Edited by CN