ADOLESCENTS in drugs-ridden Tuen Mun will be in a better position to say no to dangerous substances when the Salvation Army comes to their rescue. The 'Lan Yeuk King Anti-Drugs Project' is a series of anti-drugs activities that began last month and will continue until April next year. The campaign is organised by the Salvation Army (Tuen Mun) Outreach Team. Around the area of Tai Hing Estate, Kin Sang Estate, Tin King Estate and Siu Hong Court, the team will hold talks and workshops in schools, hand out pamphlets from door to door, and offer a hotline service (2463-5511 from 7 pm to 10 pm) to help the community. Antony Pang Woon-kei, one of the social workers on the team of eight, said heroin has become the most common of the addictive substances used by Tuen Mun adolescents. The most 'frightening aspect' of the problem, he said, was that teenagers have begun to treat drugs as 'just another group activity'. 'We've noticed that this is the result of young people not being able to say no when friends offer them drugs. Obviously, they aren't assertive enough to turn them down.' Mr Pang said the project targets at getting rid of some of the 'myths' that fool adolescents into using drugs and endangering their lives. Myth No 1: 'I can quit whenever I want.' Mr Pang said young people think that taking heroin is like smoking - a habit you can drop whenever you want. But that is a delusion. 'The first stage in heroin addiction is getting curious about drugs and giving in under peer pressure to try it. At this stage, they may take heroin once or twice a week. Then it becomes a habit. Depending on the individual, he or she soon becomes dependent on the drug. 'Once you are addicted, only medical treatment can help you give up drugs,' Mr Pang said. Myth No 2: 'Heroin is the only addictive drug.' Heroin, Mr Pang said, is just one of the substances widely used in Tuen Mun. But he pointed out that alcohol, cigarettes, cough syrup and anti-depression pills could also be addictive substances. 'The youngsters have only a vague idea of what drugs are. Most of them think heroin use alone is addictive. But sniffing thinner, for instance, is also another kind of substance abuse.' The number of adolescent drug abuse cases reported to the Tuen Mun police doubled from 218 in 1991 to 424 in 1993. Mr Pang said that those were urgent cases that need medical attention. He said a greater number of drug-abusing youngsters goes undetected. Two typical teenage drug abuse sights, he said, were of youngsters who seemed in excessively high or low spirits, and groups meeting in secluded spots like rooftops and staircases. 'Our task is to target the problem adolescents and the friends they hang out with. Then we can tackle the problem at grassroot level.'