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Initial reasons for using drugs in Malaysia 2019

In 2019, around 10.3 thousand drug addicts stated that they initially started taking drugs due to peer pressure or peer influence. In comparison, 873 stated that they first started taking drugs to relieve pain.

Reasons given by addicts for initially using drugs in Malaysia in 2019

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period


Number of respondents

20,157 respondents

Special properties

responents were drug addicts arrested once for drug offences in a six-year period

Supplementary notes

*Others categories include aggressive, work -based, entertainment, lack of religious affiliation, financial problems, slimming, domestic violence, medical, craving for drugs, sex, betrayed, ignorance the dangers of drugs, for study purposes and so on.

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