Bali is in the grip of a drug crisis verging on a ‘state of emergency’ with drug abuse cases reaching 62,457 last year, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said Monday.
“That number is what’s recorded, just the tip of the iceberg. The actual amount, is a lot, it could be three to four times more, and already reaching villages” he said, as quoted from Coconuts Bali.
He pointed to a steady increase year-on-year, with 61,353 cases recorded in 2015, as evidence of the “state of emergency”.
Pastika said the government would expand efforts to ‘facilitate drug abuse prevention’ and funding to the National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) Bali office.
“BNNP really needs support, so we have to create a legal umbrella so we can help them with their regional revenue budget,” he said, as quoted by Indonesia Expat.
The regulation would fall under existing Law No. 35 on Narcotics and the Ministry of Home Affairs’s Regulation No. 21 on the Facilitation of Narcotics Abuse Prevention. Under these laws, it’s the local government that’s responsible for protecting the community and improving quality of life as it relates to drug abuse.
Bali is often seen as a hotspot for drug crime on the fringes of the booming tourism industry. In June police seized at least 19,000 ecstasy pills an estimated value of Rp 9.5 billion, or about $7 million at Akasaka, a popular nightclub in Denpasar.