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Narcotics Arrests Rose 42 Percent from 1968 to 1969; Drug Addiction Among Youth Rising

The police disclosed today that narcotics arrests in Israel rose 42 percent in 1969 compared to 1968. The report, issued by Inspector General Pinhas Koppel, said about four tons of drugs, mostly hashish, had been seized by police. The problem of drug addiction by the young in Israel has not reached “grave proportions” but drug taking is on the rise according to Attorney General Meir Shamgar. Mr. Shamgar testified before an interministerial committee set up to tackle the problem. The committee decided to launch an anti-drug information drive in schools all over the country under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.