In light of the new guidelines put in place by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee back in June, there has been a major crack down on drug offences around the country, but it doesn’t seem to be stopping the production of synthetic drugs such as methamphetamines.
It definitely doesn’t help that Chinese celebrities are earning fame due to drug crimes, making drug use more ‘cool’. In response, police are cracking down with raids at bars (full of both foreigners and locals) and demanding on-the-spot urine tests to check for drugs. And as you may or may not know, drug possession, manufacturing or distribution all carry the death sentence in China.
For the full story, click here: http://www.echinacities.com/expat-corner/From-Foreigners-to-Celebs-Chinas-Latest-Crackdown-on-Drugs
Indonesia is well known for its severe penalties on drug use and trafficking, leading to overcrowded jails and repeat offenders. Kerobokan jail has long been known for its illicit parties, easy access to drugs, and violent gangs inside the facility. Last week, an Australian woman was sentenced to 10 months in this prison after being found with a half-smoked joint of hashish. Many experts believe that sending people like this to jail will more than likely turn them into harder criminals instead of reforming them for society.
This week, new regulations are being put into place where drug users will see the option of drug rehabilitation instead of jail time. Drug traffickers, however, will still see prison time. Will this help reform the jail system? Who will end up benefiting? Read the full story here: http://www.news.com.au/world/indonesia-moves-to-rehabilitate-drug-users/story-fndir2ev-1227021154359
Over 10,000 suicides have been attributed to the long working hours and suppressed working culture of the Japanese. Many others are turning to drugs and alcohol in order to escape the realities of the workplace, leading to a large spike in addiction rates throughout the country.
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Medical specialists in Singapore are pushing to have smartphone addiction classified as a mental disorder, in light of the high numbers of Singaporeans experiencing negative effects from too much smartphone use.
87% of Singapore’s 5.4 million population own smartphones. In the United States, where professionals are also concerned about the dangers of smartphone addiction, only 65% of the population own smartphones – not reaching even the top 5 of the Asia Pacific countries. As well, Singaporeans spend an average of 38 minutes per session on Facebook – almost twice the amount of time that Americans spend per session.
But what does this mean? It means that people in China, Singapore, and Korea are experiencing physical and psychological ailments due to overuse of their phones. It means that one boy from Korea reverted to leaving home and living on the streets – in search of a WiFi connection when his father turned off their own internet connection. To date, China has approximately 300 centres to treat smartphone and internet addiction across the country. It could become a global epidemic if this issue does not receive adequate attention.
For more information on this relatively new addiction issue, view the full story here: http://www.therakyatpost.com/lifestyle/2014/06/14/smartphone-addiction-treated-psychiatric-problem-singapore/
In March (2014), 6 Malaysians died of drug overdoses during a music festival in Kuala Lumpur. That same weekend, another 3 party-goers died at a similar music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. Singaporean counsellor Tony Tan, from The Cabin Chiang Mai in Thailand, talks about the shift in acceptance towards drug use in the area.
According to Tan, Singaporeans and Malaysians viewed drug use as immoral in the past, but it has seemed to gain more acceptance with today’s generation. Young people are increasingly taking drugs in socials settings, and they are (clearly) unaware of the potentially deadly effects.
View the full newspaper story here: http://www.thecabinchiangmai.com/userfiles/file/The-new-paper-sunday-12-and-13.pdf
Last year, a Bangladeshi girl named Oishee (a Yaba addict) killed her parents – which in turn – has shed some light on the growing drug problem in Bangladesh.
Yaba is the slang word for methamphetamine, or meth. In Thai, the word translates literally into ‘crazy drug’ which seems like a particularly good name – as Oishee’s case is not alone. Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 by a meth-addict, and Timothy McVeigh, who was involved in the Oklahoma bombing, claims to have been under the influence of meth during the incident. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to violent acts committed under the influence of Yaba, the list is long.
Here, more effects of the ‘crazy drug’ Yaba, and how the rise in the drug’s use is affecting Bangladesh.
Read full article here: The inevitable downside felt by Yaba addicts
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in the United States reports that between 5.4 and 8.1 million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association.
However, in 2010 Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s largest gambling territory – accounting for 31% of the $390 billion global gambling market according to Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC). This report only calculated the value of the regulated markets – if the value of the gambling industries in countries where gambling is illegal were to be calculated – such as China, Thailand, India and Indonesia – it would be safe to presume the figure would go well over 50%. Firstly because of the huge populations in these countries. Secondly because of the flourishing illegal gambling industries in these countries, which constantly make headlines but that authorities can never suppress. Sadly, this leaves us with almost no official data on the number of gambling addicts in Asia.
If, however, you feel your or a loved one’s gambling is becoming a problem here is a good article on how to spot an addiction with recommendations on ways to overcome it. As a professional rehab centre, who has seen how direly gambling addiction can affect clients and their families, The Cabin advises that the sooner you take action the better your chance is at recovery.