Archive for February, 2009

What about the Police or the Government? Do They Actually Care?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 25, 2009 by Meta

 In fact, the government and the police try to eradicate drug dealers, users and all those kinds of criminals. However, the crime still happens every five minutes. Why? Because it’s not only one person who commits the crime, that’s why. Those drug businesses spread like a fatal disease all over the country, especial in the cities and the country’s boundary.

Can you cure it? Not really, but at least this disease won’t kill the whole country because the law and justice’s stuff still exist. Thus, if you’re flying under the radar, you might be okay, but if you show yourself as a goddess of drugs, the prison will be calling for your visit.

Then what does that supposed to mean?

Let me give you a hint:

  • Can I take drug?It’s up to you if you don’t think about yourself, your family and how people in the society look at you.”
  • Can I show people that I’m doing drug or selling drug? “Yes, if you want to go to jail.”

Any others question for this penalty?


Why Do People Let THEM Do Drugs?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 23, 2009 by Meta

           You might ask, “Why no one cares to be aware?

Well, the answer is, “Who cares? Who wants to be a hero in this idiotic messed up world? We all just try to live our lives. We’ve got enough problems to care about. We only live a life time and then it’s done…

In reality, not everybody will answer you like this unless they are your relatives, friends or someone who trusts you because people don’t want to be so sincere that others can judge them.

Why don’t people do something to stop those guys who are doing drugs?

Well, who wants to mess with them? You might visit the museum of hell if you try to put your hands on others’ businesses, especially the drug addicts. The only thing that you can do is to stock all the information and make sure it won’t spit out. You have to learn how to shut up and watch. Keep your hands away from others’ noses. Besides, some people will roll their eyes if you talk about social issues in Cambodia.

Some people might give you this advice, “Do not try to stop the train when it’s coming or you’ll get hit.

For example, if you see someone in the corner inhaling the smoke of drug from a bottle and he/she noticed you looking at her/him, you’d get a nice conversation like this one, “What the hell are you looking at? Got a problem?” this is only a nice start. If that person is not in a good mood, you’d be thrown or kicked.

This is not what you want to get in the early morning before school starts. So, the common movement for you to cope this is to be blind or pretend like there’s nothing happens behind you.

But why can’t you call the cop then?

What? Talking about the police? 117,118 and 119? Well, you can call them but they never come in time. Don’t you see in the movie? The cops always appear when everything’s over. Besides, those drug addicts are not someone I know. Those criminals got their parents, if even the parents ignore them, why should I care?

A lot of people might use this quote to say to you when they feel depressed. Maybe after you got your feedback more than three times, you might not want to be a social savior anymore. Later, when the same question comes to you, you might yell back, “Why is it always me to be aware? What about others? If they don’t care, then neither do I.

 It’s not like people don’t want to be heroes. Of course they don’t like to be a man in a cage, but in the real world, not everything is the same as it seems. Nothing really works out well. 

Can We Do Something For Them – the one who are addicted to drug?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 23, 2009 by Meta

One of my Bangladeshi friends read my previous stories and she was like, “You kind of know a lot of things about drug addiction in your country, but I couldn’t imagine why you wouldn’t do something about it.”

Then I asked her, “Like what?”

“You know, call the cops or maybe if even you know about this then maybe a lot of people know this and maybe the cops might notice that, right?” She asked me thinking.

“Well, you can say that. That’s their job to know what’s going on.”

“Did they do something?” She asked.

“I’ll tell you in my next post.” I said.


Here it goes. Did people do something—?


See that girl? Well, the story is not about her. It’s about the shirt that she’s wearing.

This shirt along with a matching hat including 10,000 riel (Cambodian currency equals to $ 2.5) were given to anyone who joined the conference about a demonstration against drugs and disease in an organization in Phnom Penh.

The organization provided this t-shirt because of the quote on its back which was written in Khmer (Cambodian language) means, “Is drug controlling your lives?

For the sake of your health, prevent HIV/AIDs or Hepatitis, Do Not use the same injector together!

Our lives! Our societies! NO DRUG!”

It sounds weird to me, to be  honest. Nonetheless, it’s obvious that people know about this kind of stuff and some of them have tried to increase awareness. What about me? What could I do for this issue? Well, I used to join those kinds of conferences when I was in high school. However, the main purpose was to get the t-shirt, the hat and the money. Pretty bad, huh? But I’m not afraid to tell the truth. In fact, half of the students or people who joined those conferences had the same purpose like me.

What about the organization? Did they notice that? Of course yes, but why do they still establish the conferences? Because they hope that at least a few of us will realize sooner or later what we should really do about this issue. It’s a fifty-fifty chance opportunity. They were right about that because I’ve changed my mind. I knew I was wrong because I didn’t know how serious it could be. I was just a high school kid hanging around and messing around. Fortunately, it’s never too late to step back and think it all over. People make mistakes every day. It’s okay to make a mistake, but it’s not okay to make the same mistake over and over again.

Thus, I would like to request a realization from people like the old me to step back and think whether it’s better to be selfish or a little selfless.

What are Some Popular Drugs in Cambodia?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 20, 2009 by Meta

              Most teenagers in Cambodia know about it. Well, as people are improving day by day, they intend to experience every new thing as much as they can. Similarly to drug selling and buying, people seem to gain more knowledge about the special taste of it. However, Cambodians still prefer feeling instead of thinking. They like what they like and eat what they’ve eaten. In the same manner, they do drugs which they have done before. In this case, I will introduce the 3 main types of drugs which are popular in Cambodia.

            Let start from Yaba. It’s very popular for teenagers or I can say that high school kids like to taste it because it looks familiar with soft taste and it sounds cool.

            The second one is Glue. It is one kind of drugs that is cheaper than others. Glue is often used by street children. It’s easier for them to get it because it’s easy for them to steal. It’s easy to be stolen because it’s a box of glue like a box of milk unlike Yaba that is a type of pill which people only take it out of their pocket only when they want to taste it or share it.

            The third one is Heroine. It is rarely available unless you have a business appointment along with a big pocket of bucks ($). It’s like an honorable drug to shoot in Cambodia. Well, at least it sounds like it. Some teenagers who think that they are old enough to taste something more interesting, exciting and even stronger than normal drugs, they would buy a hammer to break their parents’ lockers to take the money and then be a rich guy buying fancy drug.    

             For that I say to them, “Try Yaba if you want to find out who you are,  Smell the Glue when you’re lost in the real world, Shoot Heroine if you want to show the whole world the man that you really are. Then go back to your mama, LOSER!”


What about other Places?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 16, 2009 by Meta


           Well, in the urban area like Phnom Penh, everything is available everywhere. You can find drug business along a tiny way whether it is a road through markets, houses, some neighborhoods’ corners, the back school yards, Tabacs, near the cinemas, right in front of the hospitals, on the left side of the hotels, or even near the temples or pagodas.

            No matter where it is, people who sell drugs happen to appear in the same manners with different hip hops’ or gangs’ outlook. Some of them pretend like they are gossiping, playing video game from the iPod, talking on the phone, listening to music, or just sightseeing, or even a man with a folder…anyway, it’s rarely to be a girl because then the buyers would barely notice her as a drug supplier.

            Sometimes, drug dealers need to use eye-contacts or gesture commutations; they have to be creative so that the cops wouldn’t notice them. There is a question about this like if the cops wouldn’t notice that he’s a drug dealer then how can somebody else understands what he’s trying to sell? Easy, easy… Drug dealers and clients are like lovers at first sight! They have connection. Well, that’s the best way to communicate with strangers and guess what’s on their mind. If you want something, you have to be able to tell what’s on your mind so that your heart will tell you a way to reach it.

            Nonetheless, that sounds absurd. I wonder how can a society have drug businesses just like selling candies? How can they let such things happen? Because we are living in a poor country? That does not explain the whole thing. It couldn’t be a rational reason for this issue. However, maybe it’s because not one solution can solve it.

Where in Cambodia is the Most Popular Place to Get Drug?

Posted in Drug in Cambodia on February 16, 2009 by Meta


             Well, this question might be confusing a little bit. It sounds like an illustration to an illegal place. However, I think it would be remarkable for people to know it because then they shouldn’t go there or they would be considered as drug searchers. Maybe it might be helpful to find someone we know who happens to disappear with a large amount of money.

            Actually, I don’t know whether every country has the same way to find drug but in Cambodia, if you want to find it, there are some places where it’s available. The easiest way to get drug is to go to a night club. This information popped out in 2002, I supposed, and was very effective at the end of the year of 2003.

            First of all, when you happened to walk into a night club in Phnom Penh, most likely, there was a security guard asked if you were 18 or you would be kicked off of the club. However, nobody was such a fool to tell him that he/she is 16 anyway. So everyone could get in only if they looked like 18.

            Once you entered the club, every fascination scene might appear in front of you, but in order to attract you even more than that, a waitress came to you and served you a free glass of water with a specific magic medicine that could give you all the excitement feelings as soon as you drank it for a little while. So after that time was done, you were hooked and a day after, at the same time, your leg might be walking unconsciously to where you got the water again.

            The second time you enter the club, the security would smile at you. However, you had to ask for a glass of water by yourself. Also, it was not for free anymore. You had to pay. “Only $5, kid,” the waitress would say to you. That was cheap. Then little by little, you were going to need more than a glass of water. Ha! That’s how business man’s getting richer and richer from day to day.


Why Talk about Drug Addition?

Posted in Aims on February 16, 2009 by Meta


          Drug addiction is one of the issues which is needed to be addressed since more and more people have been affected from it. Most likely, I will put out some real situations that relate to drug addiction and discuss about it and because internet is the best way to communicate and share our own opinions, I want to participate by giving out my point of views and experiences about drug issue. In that case, I hope others can learn through my experiences and think about the arguments and I hope that at least I can contribute to prevent this issue.