Most Mandalay street children use illegal substances: survey
MOST of the street children in Mandalay are taking some kind of illicit substance, according to a new survey from the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in Mandalay.
The survey, which included 120 children, found that 75 percent of kids who chose to answer questions about substances that are illegal for minors, or illegal altogether, said they used them.
Nearly one-quarter of the respondents, whose ages ranged from 12 to 18, said they smoked cigarettes, while 15pc said they sniffed glue. Another 15pc said they chewed betel, 5pc said they drank alcohol and 5pc said they had taken methamphetamine pills.
The kids said was easy for them to buy these kinds of substances on the streets where they live. Nearly all of the 66 male respondents said they used some kind of prohibited substance, while 20pc of the 54 female respondents said they did. Only 12pc of those who took the survey declined to answer questions about narcotics.
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