The key to re­form

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

I agree with the is­sue of hav­ing “self-es­teem ‘key’ to pre­vent­ing re­peat of­fences” (BP, Sept 16). It’s still not easy for so­ci­ety to ac­cept drug of­fend­ers even if they are users, not drug deal­ers.

It seems that their un­em­ploy­ment or in­ad­e­quate in­come for their life­style (very few of them get the op­por­tu­nity to work as em­ploy­ees on a min­i­mum wage) pushes them to take risks by reen­ter­ing the drug trade. A broader per­spec­tive about self-worth rather than di­rect in­come — like their stead­fast de­ter­mi­na­tion not to re­turn to their drug cy­cle be­fore hav­ing self-em­ployed ca­reers — would be the vi­tal start­ing point for them to have a choice and not re­turn to this cy­cle.

SUTIPUNT BONGSUNUNT

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