The Rise of Drug Abuse in Hong Kong

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Goretti Wong 6B (27)
Say NO to drugs

Drug abuse is on the rise among young people in Hong Kong which is a serious and alarming phenomenon that every one of us should face squarely to. Before we figure out ways to help them, we must first understand the reasons for teenagers to take drugs.

Peer influence is the dominant reason for teenagers to take drugs. Usually, friends among a group share same interests and their behaviors are expected to be consistent with one another. At the same time, teenagers try to gain respect and recognition from their friends by involving in common activities. If their groups of friends take drugs, they would be repelled and teased if they rejected to do the same. In order not to be excluded from the groups, while at the same time being encouraged by their friends, teenagers start taking drugs.

In some cases, teenagers have little knowledge on drugs. Some of them think that it is okay to just try it once, but actually, they don’t know one try can already lead to addiction. Some of them think that drugs can help them lessen pressure and anxiety because they feel like they can ‘forget all troubles’ after taking drugs. In fact, it is just their nervous system being paralyzed by drugs and made them forget the unpleasant events temporally. Some of the girls even think that taking drug is an effective way to lose weight, but this way of sliming will cause great harm to their body.

Some teenagers take drugs out of curiosity. Teenagers in their adolescence are full of adventure and like exploring new things. They dare to try everything that is new to them. When they are given some colorful pills and told that they will become hyper after taking them, their curiosity drives them to prove it by taking the pills themselves. This is the first step leading them to drug abuse.

In Hong Kong, there is inadequate education on drugs in families. It is common to see working parents unable to spare enough time to talk with their...
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