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Drug Rehab Centre Needed

There is a need for a drug rehab centre says Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences psychiatrist Dr Myrielle Allen. Dr Allen said this was because
20 Oct 2014 11:30
Drug Rehab Centre Needed

There is a need for a drug rehab centre says Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences psychiatrist Dr Myrielle Allen.

Dr Allen said this was because drug abuse among children was becoming a concern and it needed to be dealt with to help reduce the number of young people becoming mentally ill.

“I think that Government should look into this because we don’t have a drug rehab centre,” Dr Allen said.

“Without the drug facility or drug rehab we have to take them to hospital and the only option is to take them to St Giles but if policy- makers recognise that drug abuse is an emerging problem; and not just marijuana even the inhalents too, so probably they can invest in a therapeutic centre.”

She said one of the youngest psychiatric patients at the hospital was a 15-year-old, who had started taking marijuana and alcohol when he was just nine years old.

“They use drugs and alcohol to deal with their bad feelings because it is like a form of a quick fix to their problem when indeed, it doesn’t solve their problem but only exposes them to risks of addiction.”

Dr Allen said parents should be aware of this and ensure their homes were a place where children could find love.

This, she said, would reduce the risks of children resorting to drug and alcohol abuse to deal with their problems.

“My advice to parents is to make homes a place of love and safety for the children so you don’t push your children elsewhere when something happens.

“Let your children know that you love them unconditionally,” she said.

I think this is one thing that Government should look into because we don’t have a drug rehab centre.

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