A dose of advice on how to fight drugs
RAYMOND HUNG MAN-WO
A 16-year-old boy died from an overdose of morphine at his home and police are still investigating where the morphine came from, a reporter announced on television.
These kinds of news reports are not uncommon in Hong Kong as drug abuse has become a prevailing trend among young people.
Most addicts in Hong Kong use heroin, while others take opium and cannabis.
Most of these drugs come from the Golden Triangle - the opium-growing area covering the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos.
Most addicts obtain their drugs from drug pushers who try all kinds of ways and means to encourage youngsters to use drugs.
Youngsters often become addicted after trying them once or twice.
They usually try drugs out of curiosity or because of peer pressure.
But once addicted, they need money to buy drugs, which are usually expensive.
In most cases, they steal from their parents or employ other unlawful means to meet their needs, such as shoplifting and some even bully their schoolmates for money.
As a matter of fact, the Government has already taken strong action to combat the drug problem in the territory.
Stricter laws have been enforced and tougher penalties are being imposed on drug traffickers.
In addition, anti-drug campaigns have been organised to warn young people of the dangers of drug abuse.
Another effective way is to educate the general public about the problem of drug addiction and help young addicts recover.
Schools should also teach students about the harmful effects of drugs through moral education classes or morning assemblies.
The Government cannot fight drugs alone. Only through the co-operation of youths, parents, teachers and the community, can the problem be tackled.
Remember, 'United we stand, divided we fall.' Raymond is a pupil of Salesians of Don Bosco Ng Siu Mui Technical School