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  1. Fewer reported drug abusers

    Posted Jun 26th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung The latest government figures show a significant drop in the number of drug abusers, but a social worker says there are still many hidden ones. The number of reported drug abusers in the first three months was down 10.3 per cent year on year, according to advisory body the Action Committee Against Narcotics. The number of drug abusers aged under 21 fell by 10.3 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/718140/fewer-reported-drug-abusers
  2. Drug abuse by pupils a worry, but don't panic

    Posted Feb 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Four years in the making, a large-scale government survey presents some striking figures about drug abuse among young students. But take a closer look and the picture may not be so gloomy. The report finds 90 per cent of schools have pupils with drug problems. The survey does not, however, reveal how serious the drug problem is at these schools. The figures on abuse among the 158,089 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/707082/drug-abuse-pupils-worry-dont-panic
  3. Trust is key to fighting youth drug abuse

    Posted Mar 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... We have come to expect bad news about youth drug abuse. So persistent has it been that the government has made fighting the problem a priority and set aside HK$3 billion to fund anti-drug ... is therefore welcome and can help put the issue in perspective. It came this week from the Central Registry for Drug Abuse, which reported that the number of abusers under 21 dropped last year by 3.3 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708932/trust-key-fighting-youth-drug-abuse
  4. Parents, teens need to fight drug abuse

    Posted Apr 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Recently, I read a news article about teenage users getting drugs from their parents. I don't see how that's possible, but youth drug abuse is becoming more serious in Hong Kong. ... to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse. Secondly, I think most teenagers who take drugs do so because they want to get their parents' attention. Parents usually spend too much time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/710691/parents-teens-need-fight-drug-abuse
  5. Study links memory loss to drug abuse

    Posted Jul 07th 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... This was because, after using drugs for 18 months, he suffered from memory loss that left him unable to study effectively. 'I feel remorseful for giving up my dream because of drug abuse... the adverse effect is so great that one cannot imagine it,' he said. Sing Chai was among many drug abusers who have suffered memory loss and impaired motor coordination that affected their daily lives. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/719060/study-links-memory-loss-drug-abuse
  6. Drug abuse eases slightly among young people

    Posted Mar 17th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip and Maggie Ng The number of young drug abusers fell last year, although there was a rise in the number of new cases involving girls. The number of abusers aged under 21 dropped 3.3 per cent to 3,359 from 3,473 in 2008, according to the government-run Central Registry of Drug Abuse. The number of registered drug users- both adults and children- also dipped 2.3 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708819/drug-abuse-eases-slightly-among-young-people
  7. Sharp rise reported in drug abuse among girls

    Posted Mar 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zoe Mak There has been a slight drop in the number of people taking drugs but a big increase in abuse by girls, a government body has found. Members of the Action Committee Against Narcotics noted a drop of 2.3 per cent in the total number of reported drug abusers last year compared with 2008. They were also told the number of reported young abusers under the age of 21 had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708900/sharp-rise-reported-drug-abuse-among-girls
  8. Send drug abusers to boarding school, says professor

    Posted Mar 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Mabel Sieh

    ... Mabel Sieh The chairman of the Action Committee Against Narcotics has warned that young drug abusers need to be taken out of their environment to recover. A survey has shown that many schoolchildren are getting drugs from their parents and siblings. Professor Daniel Shek Tan-lei told RTHK that youths who lived with drug abusers in the home would be tempted to use. 'It ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/707422/send-drug-abusers-boarding-school-says-professor
  9. The best deterrence for drug abuse: trustworthy information

    Posted Apr 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In his letter ('Get the dealers', April 9), Leung Wai-nok makes an assumption that is increasingly prevalent in the current discourse on drug use: that teenagers take drugs due to peer pressure. Whereas I do not doubt that peers most certainly play a role in teenage drug use, to put it down to such an unclear notion as 'peer pressure' seems worryingly vague. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/712180/best-deterrence-drug-abuse-trustworthy-information
  10. Hair tests to detect addiction

    Posted Jun 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... said tests can detect commonly abused drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, Ecstasy, Ice, ketamine and also cough syrup. Results are normally available in three days. Wong said while urinalysis was convenient and fast, hair drug-testing could detect drug abuse that has been going on from a few weeks to up to a few months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/715981/hair-tests-detect-addiction

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