Saving Cambodia’s children from drug abuse

A youth group from Cambodia alongside Good Neighbours Cambodia (GNC), recently revealed the results of a survey they conducted on children’s exposure to drugs in communities. Volunteers from the group interviewed 283 children aged from 13 to 18 in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kratie and Mondulkiri.

The results of the survey found that 92 percent of respondents said they are aware of issues surrounding drugs, and 80 percent said they have seen drug use and trafficking in the communities they live in. Meanwhile, the survey also found that 72 percent of the children said they are afraid of being introduced, persuaded or forced to use drugs by offenders.

“Drugs are a major obstacle to the development of communities, children and youths. Intervention from the government, police and teachers is most necessary,” Rin Norngkea, head of the volunteer youth group was quoted as saying. She was speaking at a forum organised by GNC and which was attended by representatives of ministries and more than 200 people.

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