Government support vital for drug rehab

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 August, 2008, 12:00am

Christian Zheng Sheng College, Hong Kong's only secondary school with rehabilitation services for teenage drug abusers, is facing soaring demand for its services but has limited resources. There are not enough basic facilities, like toilets and beds.

To solve the problem, Zheng Sheng has sought help from the government. The school asked the Education Bureau to allow it to move into an empty school. It also applied to become a direct subsidy school.

However, the bureau has yet to make a decision.

Such a facility deserves all the support from the government it can get. Teenage drug abuse is a very serious problem. Supporting this school means more drug users can get help and overcome their problems without missing out on their education.

The government should promote this service and educate the public about the drug problem. It could also subsidise similar organisations that help young people.

Joyce Lee, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

From the Editor

Thank you Joyce for your very interesting letter. It is obvious this is an issue close to your heart.

Drugs are an increasing problem in Hong Kong and we often spend so much time and money trying to prevent people from using them we forget about those already ensnared in their grip.

Rehabilitation is a long and difficult path for abusers and it takes very special people to look after them when they go through this. Without rehabilitation any efforts to cleanse users of drugs would be useless.

I do hope Zheng Sheng will find a way to solve its problems. Susan, Editor