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DOH reports on prevalence, risks of teenage drug abuse

DOH reports on prevalence, risks of teenage drug abuse

The Department of Health yesterday disclosed that 1.6 percent of teenagers in Taiwan are addicted to illegal substances and that "ecstasy" was the number one choice of drugs among young people.
The DOH also found that a new and potentially fatal drink called "Ecstasy Orange Water," which produces an "extra buzz," has been become a favorite among adolescent drug users.
Head of the National Bureau of Controlled Drugs Chien Chun-sheng said drug abuse has become a prevalent problem in high schools and drug related deaths have also risen in the last few years.
Chien said that according to the police, the five most popular drugs on school campuses are MDMA, better known as ecstasy, ketamine, glue, amphetamine, and Lorazepam, a powerful sedative that could cause hallucinations if taken in large doses.
To add an extra kick to their drugs, some clandestine underground drug laboratories are putting additional ingredients into their products, which could be fatal for users, Chien warned.
"The illegal drug manufacturers mix various ingredients together in order to produce an extra buzz. Others try to make the drugs more appealing by putting cute designs on the package," he said.
Chien warned that mixing drugs could be extremely dangerous, and even deadly for the users. He said "Ecstasy Orange Water" - a cocktail drink made from several mood altering chemicals such as ecstasy, PCP or "angel dust," amphetamine, ketamine, and MDA also known as "hug drug" - has become popular among users.
In effort to reduce drug abuse on school campus, the DOH has published a handbook, to alert students to the dangers of using illegal substances.
Chien said that in order to make the handbook more reader friendly for adolescents, it was designed as comic book.


Updated : 2021-06-16 07:38 GMT+08:00