Category Archives: Drugs-related issue

Be responsible this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, health practitioners are reminding adults to always practice safe sex.

In a Facebook post, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-Philippines admitted that condom use is still unpopular, with only 38 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) using condoms when having sex (IHBSS, 2018). A recent UNODC-Ph study disclosed that MSM who had experience using drugs where twice more likely to have condomless sex.

“While it may be awesome to make love without a condom, we are increasing the possibility of getting infected by HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections,” the FB post said.

As a Valentine’s Day reminder, the UNODC-ph encouraged the public to lower the risk of HIV and STDs by using condoms. “We can still enjoy making love while USING CONDOMS. They are free. Contact your nearest sexual health facilities.”

A total of 70,740 individuals have been diagnosed with HIV in the Philippines since 1984. Ninety-four percent are males. Sexual contact is the most common mode of HIV transmission.

Detox: An important part of drug rehabilitation process

Drug treatment includes detoxification or the removal of toxic substances into the patient’s system. There are several types of drug detox. One of which is fast opiate detox. It is during this process (detoxification) that patients need the full support of their families and friends; the medical staff and their own peers inside the rehab to recover and eventually send back to mainstream to lead a normal life. But this is after an extended psychological counseling to treat the mental aspect of addiction.

Drug addiction is truly a menace and it’s everybody’s concern to do something to curb if not eradicate the problem. Parents with young children should be vigilant all the time. If you are a parent like me, try to be your children’s confidant. Win their trust not to nose around but guide them in every way you can. Try to explain the things that you want your children to avoid or quit doing for their own good. Parents should know the people their kids are dealing with. And most importantly, listen to your kids.

For kids out there, it always pays to heed your mom’s advice. She may not be perfect, but mom’s intuition will always keep you away from trouble.

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Start the Move to Curtail Drug Related Crimes

It is a sad fact that some people were killed and abused in 2012 because of drug use. There are times when people who use drugs hallucinate and think that they are battling with unknown forces of evil when in fact they are already killing or harassing another human being.

If you know someone who is taking drugs, you can always suggest that the person goes to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. It is true that it can be hard to tell this to a drug addict because he might do things that he will never do when he’s sober. But there will always be moments when they might listen and this is a small move to just stop drug related crimes that are happening all over the world.