Remove narcotic drugs, and stimulant tablets from the vicinity of youths

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The global issue of narcotic drug abuse is a serious concern, and it’s not limited to Myanmar; it plagues societies worldwide. Young people, in particular, are vulnerable to the influence of unscrupulous individuals who, driven by selfish interests, introduce narcotic drugs and stimulant tablets into their lives through devious means.
Youthful curiosity often leads them to explore new experiences and lifestyles. Narcotic drugs and stimulant tablets become potent tools in the hands of malevolent actors who use them to ensnare impressionable youths. These substances, including ketamine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, happy water, amphetamine, caffeine, diazepam, and tramadol, are readily available at bars, nightclubs, and KTVs, which are popular hangout spots for young people. Consequently, these drugs can result in nights filled with unconscious dancing and singing for those who fall victim to their influence.
Narcotic drugs create a powerful addiction among users. Those ensnared by these drugs find themselves unable to escape their devastating effects. Over time, drug addicts experience a significant decline in their physical and mental well-being. They face escalating costs associated with their addiction, leading to the loss of property, life, social standing, and deteriorating health.
The ripple effects of drug abuse are felt not only by the users but also by their families and society at large. Families of drug addicts bear the brunt of social, economic, health, and personal challenges. The nation loses a substantial portion of its workforce, with the burden of providing healthcare services to these addicts further straining the country’s resources. The toll taken by drug addiction is, therefore, a collective burden shared by the entire nation and its people.
To combat this pervasive issue, authorities must prioritize raising public awareness about the dangers of narcotic drugs and stimulant tablets. It is crucial to remove these substances from the reach of the youth. Educational institutions and government departments should educate students from an early age, instilling in them the knowledge needed to resist the temptations of narcotic drugs.
The trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs are primary sources of income for armed insurgents. Eradicating narcotic drugs is not only a matter of public health but also a strategic move to cut off the lifeblood of these groups. Keeping young people away from these harmful substances is essential for ensuring they have a future free from addiction and filled with opportunities. Therefore, everybody needs to unite with relevant task forces in the collective effort to eliminate narcotic drugs and stimulant tablets once and for all.

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