Substance-Related Disorders

Anti-drug curbs 'fail to provide lasting solution'

The government has been quick to introduce remedies in response to increases in drug abuse cases over the past 20 years, new research shows. But experts say it still lacks long-term plans to root out the problem.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

Too much internet rots teen minds, study claims

Excessive internet use can be as damaging to a teenager's brain as cocaine or alcohol, a study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences concluded.

The findings caused an immediate stir around the world, with one British psychiatrist describing them as groundbreaking.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Medical science makes giant strides

Recently our school organised a visit to the Museum of Medical Sciences in Mid-Levels. The school's Form Four students joined the trip.

I was impressed by the improvements in Hong Kong's medical services in recent years.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

We must take a new route on drug-driving

Tough penalties and random tests have sent motorists a loud-and-clear message that drink-driving will not be tolerated. Horrendous accidents forced the change. Similar rethinking of the rules and laws are needed following a spate of arrests of drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

28 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Right ammunition needed to win drug fight

The city's psychiatrists have entered the debate about the voluntary drug-testing trial in Tai Po schools at the eleventh hour. It is a shame the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists did not shake off the constraints of its official journal's publication deadlines and speak out earlier.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

The futility of treating drugs as criminal, not public health, issue

The government's random school drug testing has generated much discussion on a multitude of legal, ethical, privacy and pupil-teacher/child-parent trust issues. I do not intend to repeat the arguments. Let us learn from other countries' experiences; there are basically two main streams of thought:

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Drug testing concern

A series of teenage drug abuse cases has stirred public debate about the issue. There is evidence that drug abuse is prevalent in some local schools. This is alarming news. The school-based drug-testing scheme may help combat this problem. But some people, including educators, are against such a move.

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

As demand for treatment soars, teenage girls must wait

Teenage girls with drug problems must wait up to two months before they can be admitted to a treatment centre, as demand has soared.

Cherry Lee Wai-yee, deputy superintendent of the Sister Aquinas Memorial Women's Treatment Centre, said it was now handling 23 referrals, including 10 under the age of 18.

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Tsang urges young drug addicts to read Bible

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has urged young drug addicts to read the Bible to find peace of mind and encouragement in the face of adversity.

Mr Tsang, a devoted Christian, wrote in his weblog of his experiences meeting a group of young drug abusers during a recent visit to a rehabilitation centre on Green Island, off the northwestern tip of Hong Kong Island.

27 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Drug clinics saddled with rising number of young abusers

New drug abuse clinics are facing overwhelming demand as the number of young drug abusers continues to climb.

The Kowloon East Substance Abuse Clinic, which opened at United Christian Hospital in October to provide medical support for drug abusers, had been expected to treat 100 cases a year.

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Education the key to drug-abuse fight

Economic downturns lead to unemployment, which is closely tied to drug abuse. With the number of young people using illegal substances sharply rising in the first half of this year and anecdotally increasing as the financial crisis deepens, it is clear that present methods of fighting the scourge are insufficient.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Government support vital for drug rehab

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.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Boom times accompanied by the scourge of drug abuse

Penny Chan Yan-yan Sociologist

Macau's growing drug market is a two-way street, with local youth travelling north to chase the dragon and mainland druggies coming from all over China to party in the enclave.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

War on drugs is a fight this community can win

For years, the city's drug problem - measured in terms of the number of cases and abusers - has been in slow decline. Alarmingly, it has reversed course since last year. The change is being attributed to a significant rise in drug abuse among young people.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Kely gives support to pupils in drugs war

Youngsters advised on what tactics to use if offered substances at school

'Stupid' and 'attention-seeking' were the terms used most often when four pupils described drug abusers in their international school.

22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am