I am addicted to substances for a reason

Tuesday, 08 Feb 2022, 8:00 AM MYT

By Prof. Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj

Several weeks ago, an incident involving a youth with a substance addiction problem being punished by the local community, was widely shared on social media.

It was reported that the youth was apprehended for theft.

In response to the unusual retaliation by the community, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said stigma amongst members of society towards drug abuse and addiction is one of the factors that prevent those involved from seeking professional treatment for their problems.

He said the fear of facing legal consequences and the possibility of being arrested prevented such individuals from seeking appropriate help.

This bold statement by the minister in zeroing in on the problem of substance addiction, must serve as an eye opener for us.

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