Most Man­dalay street chil­dren use il­le­gal sub­stances: sur­vey

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­

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.

The chil­dren who took the sur­vey were found liv­ing in places like

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