Caritas Vietnam educates teenagers on drug abuse

Caritas in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi has taught basic information on drugs and drug prevention skills to hundreds of teenagers in a bid to address a growing problem of drug abuse.

Aug 05, 2022

Teenagers attend a seminar on drug abuse at Thach Bich Church in Hanoi on July 31. (UCA News Photv/Caritas in Hanoi)


HANOI: Caritas in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi has taught basic information on drugs and drug prevention skills to hundreds of teenagers in a bid to address a growing problem of drug abuse.

On July 31, Caritas Hanoi and the local Institute of Studies and Applications of Drug Prevention conducted a seminar on drug prevention for 200 Catholic teenagers from Thach Bich parish in Thanh Oai district.

Fr John Baptist Nguyen Van Quang, head of Caritas Hanoi, said the event was aimed at helping youngsters gain practical knowledge on the harmful effects of illegal drugs and learn how to protect themselves and others from drug abuse.

During the first-ever seminar for local children, the youth were given skills in recognising various types of drugs including cannabis chocolates, weed, crystal meth and even highly addictive soft drinks, and their disastrous effects.

Experts from the institute also taught them ways of identifying and coping with drug-related situations, how to detect the symptoms of drug abuse, and how to deal with them.

They also warned the participants against other extremely addictive substances such as shisha smoking, breathing nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and electronic cigarettes.

The children learned these skills through games and group discussions, and were offered materials on drug prevention compiled by the institute.

The Public Security Ministry reported that drug addicts are getting younger and younger, with 60 percent of all people who use illegal drugs for the first time between 15 and 25, of which many are students.

Fr Quang said Caritas Hanoi plans to hold a contest on drug prevention among Catholics in the archdiocese in the future. --ucanews.com

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