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TAIWAN TO SPEND NT$10BN IN 4 YEARS TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE|政府宣布4年內 投入百億經費打擊毒品

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-07-16
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Other than subsidizing culture and literature, the government is set to spend 10 billion nt dollars in 4 years to fight drug abuse, and part of that money will go to establishing halfway houses. At the first female-only halfway house in Taiwan, caretakers are not only helping the inhabitants quit using. Building confidence and re-integrating into society are also what they are helping them achieve.



In May this year, the Executive Yuan unveiled its new policy against drugs saying it would invest NT$10 billion over four years to combat addiction. The policy includes establishing integrated drug addiction and medical centers, with therapeutic communities, expanding subsidies for halfway houses, to implement anti-drug policy. This statement reflects the extent of drug abuse in Taiwan. Inmates in drug treatment center, include some who started using drugs in elementary school. The most common reason is peer pressure and boredom.

==HSIAO RU former addict==
When I first tried drugs I was 11 or 12. I didn't really understand that it was anything bad for you, just my friends were taking them so I took them too.

==HSUAN HSUAN former addict ==
I was bored and didn't know what to do and some friends liked taking drugs and so we took them together.

It is very easy to obtain drugs and once addicted sex is an easy way to pay for them.

==HSIAO LING former addict==
I worked at those hotels and it was because I needed money to buy drugs, all of my money went on drugs.

==HSIAO CI former addict==
I worked at a club and there was a drug table or a drink table, but I didn't drink, so I had to do the drug table, so I was working there and after work, I would take drugs and at work I took drugs.


Tuibian Yiyuan is the first government run half way house for female addicts. Through a combination of psychological treatment, it helps inmates to overcome addiction, build confidence, and return to society.

==LEE TSUNG-HSIEH Tuibian Yiyuan Director==
We want everyone to know what the real problems are for addicts, what it really is, then how to deal with it. It is possible for them to achieve a complete improvement, but if we do not address, their character and conditions, then we have no way
to deal with the problem of drug addiction or understand why young people want to use drugs.

Having gone through the halfway house most make an effort not to go back, but the recidivism rate is high. Social workers say that government investment of NT$10 billion over four years for halfway houses and addiction treatment centers may help young people kick the habit.

TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR

行政院,在今年五月宣布、會在4年之內,以100億元的經費,來打擊毒品。其中是包括,會挹注中途之家。「蛻變驛園」是台灣第一個、專為女性成立的「藥癮」中途之家,除了要積極的,協助「戒治者」,來根除毒癮之外,也會幫她們建立自信,找到回家的路。

今年五月、行政院提出「新世代反毒策略」,以4年100億的經費打擊毒品,其中包括建立整合性藥癮醫療示範中心、增設治療性社區、擴大補助中途之家等,展現反毒決心。這項宣示、反映出台灣吸毒的氾濫程度;走一趟戒毒中心,裡頭的學員、有些從國小就開始碰毒,理由大多是同儕壓力,還有些,只是因為無聊。

==毒癮戒治者 小茹==
第一次碰藥是在11 12歲的時候
那時候沒有這麼了解就是說
這個對自己會有什麼不好的
就覺得朋友在吃
我也是自己要吃
這樣才會跟上人家的腳步
==毒癮戒治者 萱萱==
因為平常無聊的時候
就不知道要幹嘛
然後身邊的朋友也都是一些
喜歡 就是可能會吸毒的
然後我們就會一起

毒品取得太過容易,許多年輕女孩為了買毒,抹上濃妝、拿青春換錢,渾渾噩噩一天過一天,直到迷失人生方向。

==毒癮戒治者 小玲==
上過八大 酒店
然後那時候就因為要賺錢買藥
那時候上班的意義就是要買藥
錢就是全部都買藥
==毒癮戒治者 小慈==
那時候我是因為做傳播
它有分就是藥桌跟酒桌
可是我不喝酒 我都是做藥桌
幾乎都是上班
然後吸毒 上班吸毒


「蛻變驛園」是台灣第一個由地方政府,成立的女性藥癮者中途之家,透過一連串心理治療課程、協助學員戒除藥癮,更重要的是幫助她們建立自信、重返正途。

==蛻變驛園主任 李宗憲==
我們想要讓大家去看到
就是藥癮的問題
它真實的面貌到底是什麼
然後它應該要從哪些面向去做處理
才有可能達到一個比較完整的改善
我們如果沒有回到
他自己本身的內在狀況
或者是他的社會適應的狀況的時候
其實我們就一直沒有辦法
去處理藥癮的問題
或者是年輕族群
為什麼用藥的這個問題

踏出中途之家、多數人都不想再回來,但現實是、毒品再犯率高。社工說,政府要在四年內投入一百億經費、若能有效挹注中途之家或醫療機構,將有助掌握青少年染毒現況和數據,進而協助他們,找到回家的路。

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