Policies should tackle root causes of youth drug abuse

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2001, 12:00am

The problem of drug abuse among teenagers has not decreased despite the active measures already taken by the authorities.

Although many people blame the recent increase in drug abuse on the rapid development of rave parties, the parties are just a scapegoat.

Rave parties are a good way for us to relax through music and dancing. For pressurised youngsters, rave parties have become the most suitable outlet for them to find relief.

According to a report from the University of Hong Kong in March, local teenagers were the unhappiest in Asia.

They usually suffer from tremendous stress.

Students must work very hard to secure a place for further studies. Academic performance has become the only yardstick to determine success.

The under-achievers always try to run away from reality so they take drugs to heal their sadness.

On the other hand, parents need to work very hard to earn a living.

Family gatherings become rare. Consequently, teenagers feel lonely and neglected. They are easily influenced by their friends or triad members to try drugs.

Besides, rave parties have been made popular by celebri ties and youngsters want to follow the latest trend.

After looking into the underlying causes of drug abuse, I feel that frequent monitoring of rave parties and the imposition of heavier penalty for offenders are only superficial remedies for the dangerous situation.

Young people well know the detrimental effects of taking drugs.

The Government and the authorities should really carry out some practical policies to stop drug abuse by tackling the problem's underlying causes.

Tracy is a student at YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College