Monday, April 5, 2010

DRUGS part of the looting, "" CHILD - CHILD primary schools

Until this minute circulation of drugs continues. The number of addicts was increasing. Ironically, children are not spared from these dangerous goods circulation targets.

"Ah, slogans doang. Jargon mere!" That was the comment of a father when asked about the movement antinarkoba. Maybe for some people, worldwide antinarkoba anniversary which falls on June 26 and is still considered a cliche, trite, or just wind alone. However, it does not mean they are apathetic, or do not care at all. They actually know, the threat of drugs is like a bomb ready to explode anytime and do harm to anyone. Disappointments like that really sparked because up until now have not enough "good news" about drug eradication in Indonesia. On the contrary, the more widespread circulation of drugs.

Various studies indicate the circulation of drugs that now take place not only among teenagers but the target was penetrated among elementary school children. One is the research conducted Love Child Nations Foundation (YCAB) which reveals the number of children in the age range of 10-13 years who became addicted to drugs. Another survey conducted in 12 cities in Indonesia show, about 7 percent of children 12-19 years age group claimed to have sampled drugs. From these figures, one in five children later became a drug addict. "In some of them have started taking drugs at age 7 and 9 years," said Veronica Colondam YCAB founders engaged in drug abuse prevention.

Research by YCAB who took the sample in 90 villages in five areas of Jakarta proves nothing of the five region-free drug users. That is, the spread of drugs in Jakarta has been uneven. If the percentage is traced in detail, East Jakarta (25 percent) in Central Jakarta (of 23 per cent), South Jakarta (20 percent), West Jakarta (17 percent), and North Jakarta (15 percent).

Similar research conducted nationally by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in cooperation with the University of Indonesia. The results showed a tendency to increasingly early age of drug users. Found, children aged 7 years who consumed drugs had no inhalan type (steam that is inhaled). 8 year olds who use marijuana already exists. Then at the age of 10 years, children are using drugs of various kinds, such as inhalan, marijuana, heroin, morphine, ecstasy, and so forth.

Based on the research BNN also, there are 10 provincial capitals that are classified as "alarming" because the case was found exceeding the national average rate of 3.9 percent. Ten city of Medan (6.4 percent), Singapore (6.3 percent), Ternate (5.9 percent), Padang (5.5 percent), Bandung (5.1 percent), Kendari (5 percent), Banjarmasin (4.3 percent), Palu (8.4 percent), Yogyakarta (4.1 percent), and Pontianak (4.1 percent).

Vicious circle

According to Veronica, the problem of drugs in Indonesia is unique. Constraint begins economic factors, arguing for a bite of rice or pay school fees, people desperate to be a seller of goods was illegitimate. In addition to selling, they were both using drugs. The result is like a vicious circle that is difficult disconnected. "Poverty causes drugs. Drug causes poverty."

Fatal again, these dealers to sell drugs among school children. Perhaps we never hear about cases of tattoo stickers substance suspected to contain drugs. Initially the child or a person or a friend offered to sample the actual candy or cigarettes contain drugs.
In line with Vero, Joyce Djaelani Gordon said, the spread of drugs became increasingly easy for elementary school children have also started to try, try sucking on a cigarette. Not infrequently drug traffickers smuggle addictive substances (substances that cause addiction effects) into a hand-rolled tobacco.

If not promptly treated, the children are already feeling the effects of the drug would be hard to escape the alias so addictive. So the real issue not only because he did not want to quit but also because it was hard to stop. The impact will be continued until finally disrupted the ability of interaction and socialization. "Children do not have a personality, quiet, withdrawn from others and have no confidence," said the founder of Hope Foundation, a rehabilitation center for addicts Permata Hati We (YAKITA) this. "Drugs eventually gave birth to a complex problem because the effect on economic stability, security, and social. Examples concretely, the higher the circulation of drugs that trigger the increase in acts of criminality."


If you do not want to see our children drowning by entrapment of drugs, like it or not its circulation must be eradicated. Clearly this is a tough and complex issues. For that needed the involvement of all stakeholders ranging from governments, NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), police, schools, and parents to strive to eradicate the circulation of drugs and tackling the problem of its users.

Joyce rate, school parties in this case teachers, are simply not getting full information about drugs. Therefore, according to Joyce necessary training for teachers. "If not, they can be deceived by the students. It could be, a child called bong (like a pipe for smoking narcotics vapor,, Ed.) As a craft or a drug in pill form practically an upset stomach."
Joyce Unfortunately, the boy who caught as many drug users who actually expelled from school. "The way it does not solve the problem. That a boy like this should be treated intensively," he said.

For parents, there are at least three things that can be done. First, explain the dangers of drugs to children. Give them an insight into the drug. Teach children to refuse if offered something by another person who is not known or anything suspicious. Build awareness for daring to say "no" to drugs. That way, children learn to make correct and appropriate decisions. Second, be a role model not just talking "empty". For example, parents prohibit children the father smoked but in fact an addict smokers. Third, show love and affection and jalinlah active communication with the child.

That need to be aware, the elementary school children has actually been able to talk about the dangers of drugs. Do not assume children do not need to know such information. Of instruction or information given should be tailored to the understanding and age of the child. "When I survey in Bandung, I asked the children whether they knew putaw, marijuana and so forth? They are responsible to know. What they do not know is the impact," said Joyce.

A study shows a strong bond between children and parents have big share in preventing a child stuck drugs. "Sometimes parents so worried, but they are not doing anything. Just felt gregetan if the child or his drug addiction. I hope parents realize that they are very big role to keep children from drugs."

Meanwhile, one of the activities undertaken NGOs are doing a campaign about the drug with the target children. According to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, 4 percent of people worldwide are drug users. Meaning, there are about 96 percent of which is still relatively "clean" and had to be rescued as quickly as possible. This is the mission of NGOs is to prevent the 96 percent figure was not until the fall. Because of that, so prevention is important agenda. After all prevention is better than cure.


Prevention programs that do basically have to cover the base school (school-based programs) and the base of the community (community-based programs). Targeted programs are school-based student, whereas community-based more on the parents. For working parents, his approach was conducted in the workplace. While for parents who do not work outside the home, the campaign can be conducted through existing associations in the area of residence, such as gathering, religious groups, and meeting with the community.

Surveys in 2003 indicated, as many as 84 percent of people in Jakarta already knew about the dangers of drugs. But in fact, there are still caught as addicts. Here is the importance of prevention in the sector, which teaches skills base of courage to take decisions refusing drugs. A description of positive life style, ie how to utilize the free time with positive activities, are also needed to remember a survey conducted in 2002 showed that children did not skillful in utilizing the free time with positive activities at risk of falling drug.

One of the most important, it takes a strong willingness from the government to issue appropriate policies in dealing with drug problems. Because the drug prevention education must be supported by policy. According to Joyce, if possible why not include drug prevention materials into school curricula. This is already implemented in some ASEAN countries. "The government could have pursued a policy about drugs to be included in the curriculum. But of course it was not easy and there should be agreement from all parties," explains Joyce.

That is, to cope with drug problems need to seriousness of all parties. For this reason, treatment and prevention programs should be thoroughly planned and quickly carried out. If not, will a lot of children that suffer the successor nations become slaves to drugs.