Posted by: makkf | August 12, 2009

Preview of Newsletter 3.1.2 正視年青人吸毒問題 Face the Problem of Teenage Drug Abuse

接二連三的青少年集體吸毒送院事件,以至近月正生書院遷入梅窩所引起的爭議,都令輿論聚焦於香港年青人濫藥的問題。

我們必須正視毒品已經入侵校園的事實,灣仔區內的學校亦不能幸免。而要根治毒品問題,政府必須有完善的政策打擊販毒及協助吸毒人士戒毒;但正生事件正正反映政府的禁毒政策混亂,各部門缺乏協調亦沒有與社區好好溝通。

教育青少年遠離毒品,讓他們明白毒品的禍害,避免他們初次吸毒應該是禁毒政策的重點。如果能夠有效地做好教育工作就可以成功避免大部分青少年吸毒,根本不需要政府現時重點推行的驗毒及戒毒等下游工作。故政府忽視禁毒教育而重戒毒,是本末倒置、治標不治本的做法。

青少年吸毒是一個相當複雜的社會問題,本人希望特首領導的禁毒小組能做好「無毒」工作,根治本港年青人吸毒的問題。

Drug abuse among our youths has become a focal point of the city.

We have to admit that schools in Hong Kong are no longer sanctuaries from drug abuse, including those in Wan Chai. Only a sound policy that could educate the youths to stay away from drugs, eradicate drug supplies into Hong Kong and provide sufficient rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts can solve the problem. However, the government’s handling of the relocation of Christian Zheng Sheng College reflected that the government lacks coordinated policies and public consultation in handling the matters.

The core of the anti-drug campaign should be education: teaching the youths to stay away from drugs, let them understand the consequences of drug addiction, and prevent them from trying it for the first time. Without effective education programs, the number of addicts would increase and require even more rehabilitation facilities. The government has put the cart before the horse as it implemented drug testing schemes rather than the educational part of the campaign first.

Teenage drug abuse is a complex social problem. I hope the anti-drug campaign led by the Chief Executive will implement a “NO DRUG” policy that will uproot the drug abuse problem through preemptive actions.


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