The government is attempting to make a list of drug addicts in Bangladesh for the first time.
Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) Assistant Director (media) Md Khorshed Alam told the Dhaka Tribune about the initiative on Tuesday.
“The IRG Development Service Limited will conduct the survey on our behalf and compile the list for us,” he said, declining to share further information.
The survey, titled ‘Baseline Study on Drug Addiction in Bangladesh’, is starting from today (Tuesday) with a workshop at the DNC headquarters.
Narcotics experts are outlining questionnaire for the survey.
The DNC planned the survey several years ago but the government approved it in the current fiscal.
Youth First Concern’s Director Peter Halder told the Dhaka Tribune that their last year's survey had found between seven and eight million drug addicts across Bangladesh.
DNC Director (preventive education) KM Tariqul Islam recently said the number of female and underage drug addicts was on the rise.
“The survey will be conducted in three phases,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.
In the first phase, 125 drug users from 25 rehabilitation facilities will be surveyed. This will cost Tk10 lakh.
“Works of the second and third phases will start next year,” he said. “We will try to find out the sources of drugs and the actual number of drug users in Bangladesh.”