Drug Abuse in The Taiwan Area － A Preliminary Investigation
1996 Vol.12 NO.6
With drastic changes in the living environment and the increasing tempo of life in an economically expanding society, not surprisingly people’s beliefs, habits and value concepts require adjustment. Many addicts use drugs to escape from what they perceive as life’s unmanageable frustrations; they seek to reduce their anxiety, stress and unhappiness, or to temporarily satisfy their unmet needs (1-4). Furthermore, the people of this newly affluent society now find the cost of drugs to be affordable. These are some of the factors which unfortunately favor the spread of drug abuse. “The Manual on the Prevention and Control of Amphetamines” prepared by the Department of Health (5) Republic of China (ROC) points out that many truck drivers, sports-people and students resort to drug abuse because they believe that amphetamines can reduce or remove fatigue, act as exciting stimulants and generally refresh the spirit. Also, some people use amphetamines as a means of reducing weight and managing depression. In any of these instances, those people who use drugs run a risk of soon becoming addicted. As part of their social interaction, young people often mistakenly believe that it is fashionable, even “cool”, to use drugs. They think they will be more easily accepted by their peers if they are knowledgeable about drugs and, if they use them, they can even assume leadership roles among, or additional respect from, their peers.