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Lim Si Yi, Megan Tutorial:E3 A0173461H Name: Lim Si Yi, Megan Tutorial Class: E3 ID: A0173461H Topic of Portfolio: Drug abuse by youths
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Lim Si Yi, Megan Tutorial:E3 A0173461H In this assignment, I will be focusing on the discussion of drug abuse by youths. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of drug abusers under the age of 30. From Articles 1,2 and 6, the main reasons identified as to why youths are consuming drugs is due to their curious nature, the lack of awareness of the dangers that drugs could potentially bring about as well as the portrayal of drugs in the media. This instills the perception in youths that consuming drugs is ‘cool’ and socially acceptable. In addition, due to their young age, they are more adventurous and hence “more likely to experiment”, potentially kick-starting the whole process of drug addiction. This rising phenomenon is highly worrying because if left unattended, it may “spawn the next generation of drug abusers” (Tan, 2017 -- Article 2), which would bring about greater societal problems such as theft and assault. Despite our consistently low drug abuse rate over the past few decades, drug abuse is becoming a worrying trend, as “40 percent of those arrested for drug abuse in Singapore in 2016 were less than 30 years old.”. These people could be “students, professionals, people who are well educated” (Abu Baker & Chia -- Article 9). This goes to show the ineffectiveness of education in the past to deter people from consuming drugs. Hence, it is important for social workers to play a part in revamping the teaching pedagogy of the negative effects pertaining to drug addiction. The increasing number of drug abuse cases among well-educated individuals can also be attributed to the more stressful lifestyle of working adults and students in Singapore. For instance, it is observed that more young Singaporean men are abusing methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ice’, to cope with the high stress levels of both school and work life (Ng & Lokajaya, 2017 -- Article 8). Hence, to relieve stress, they are more inclined to
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Lim Si Yi, Megan Tutorial:E3 A0173461H consume drugs that could make them feel good, as “dopamine receptors in the body which are responsible for the brain’s reward and pleasure releases” are stimulated (The Cabin Singapore, 2016 -- Article 10). Thus, as part of preventive drug education, it is vital for social workers to provide counselling services and relevant educational activities for students in school. They could do so by teaching them alternative ways to relieve stress, such as engaging in sports or other recreational activities which can restore their peace of mind in times of adversity. Moreover, with the technological advancements in Singapore, youths are increasingly tech- savvy and hence more susceptible to the influence of social media on their lives. As mentioned by Minister K Shanmugam in Article 9, the perception “that drugs are cool and cannabis are non-addictive” are “glamorised through media outside of the country”.
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