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Youths generally against drugs, but older youths hold more liberal views - survey

Published on Feb 13, 2014 5:01 PM
 
CNB seized 35,266 Ecstasy pills from a cargo complex at Changi Airport in February, 2013. While a large majority of youths view drugs as illegal and addictive substances, older youths tend to hold more liberal views on drug use, survey findings released on Thursday show. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ERNEST GOH

While a large majority of youths view drugs as illegal and addictive substances, older youths tend to hold more liberal views on drug use, survey findings released on Thursday show.

The findings, released by the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) based on a survey of 2,075 youths conducted last year, also show that nearly 60 per cent of those polled said their parents have never spoken to them about drugs and drug abuse.

This finding troubles NCADA, an advisory council to the Ministry of Home Affairs, which hopes to correct this through greater outreach efforts.

Of the remaining 40 per cent, more than 9 in 10 of them were deterred from taking drugs after their parents broached the topic.

 
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