The news is filled with drug addicts and pushers surrendering to authorities, yet one thing still hasn’t changed: people’s perception of drugs and addiction. Instead of blaming their morality or lack of self-control, we should treat addicts and give them the help they need in order to have sobriety and an improved quality of life.
The exponential influx of drug addicts and pushers alike surrendering to authorities all over our country sheds light to just how big of a problem drugs is in our country, and why we should wage a war on drugs. According to lawmakers’ statistics, 1 in 10 people are using drugs such as marijuana and shabu (or methamphetamine), yet shabu is considered as their number one drug of choice. Looking at the news in the past years, many of the crimes committed involves illicit substances or have perpetrators under the influence of drugs.
Now, in the advent of a new administration led by President Rodrigo Duterte, conversation on drugs and addiction becomes louder and more common. Besides, many people now, apparently, are not afraid to admit that they use drugs or are addicted.
Unfortunately, though, the myths and stereotypes still exist. There are still those that blame people for being addicted, attributing their condition to their “choice,” “upbringing,” poverty, or lack of free will. Many also equate addicts to criminals, and think that the only option for them is to be behind bars. There are also those who think that addiction is confined to the poor communities, or that addicts have to be cured so that they will not use anymore. These myths are not helping these addicts who need treatment instead of judgement or prejudice.
Therefore, it is important to separate the myths from the facts and allow informed and educated conversation on drug and addiction to be at the forefront of all these. By doing so, we prevent people from blaming the addict, which will never help them, and instead see that these addicts need help.
Read up on our article on addiction myths to learn more.