In March, a 26-year-old Nepalese man died of drug overdose in Hong Kong. He was an addict.
I met him while working as a volunteer in a non-government organization (NGO).
He was a regular methadone patient and used to go to a rehabilitation center.
Also, he took part in different recreational activities and outreach programs to educate Nepalese youths about drug addiction.
The man died of overdose in a public toilet in Yau Ma Tei.
His case is only representative of drug abusers.
Sources say at least two to three drug abusers die of overdose each month in Hong Kong.
According to a study, 40-60 percent of drug addicts often relapse during treatment.
There have been complaints in the media about the lack of initiative to help and support young people, especially Nepalese youths.
This often leads them to anti-social activities and substance abuse is just one of them.
In recent years, many Nepalese and NGOs have been working to keep young people busy so that they do not get into substance abuse.
As part of the initiative, Ethnic Minority Health and Education Service Hong Kong organized Easter Cup 2016, an inter-ethnic football tournament on April 4 in On Hing Playground in Yuen Long.
The tournament aims to promote the anti-drug massage among ethnic minority youths and their parents.
The event drew 14 teams and more than 300 spectators, which proves that sports can be the best way to engage the youths in anti-drug education.
This is the first time a Nepalese organization held such activity.
Community leaders, teachers, NGOs and the government should organize this kind of event more frequently.
Anti-drug agencies and the Action Committee Against Narcotics could provide more funding for preventive drug abuse measures such as sports and cultural activities and education.
With such a concerted effort, these groups can help turn minority youths into more responsible members of society.
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