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About Drug Addiction’s Report

Posted in Experiences: Bangladesh on June 25, 2009 by Meta

 

I didn’t know at first that I have been so involved in this issue. I have a lot of general knowledge about the causes and effects of drug addiction. I thoughteveryone would know, but it turned out that not everyone was able to access the prevention programs and the education about drugs.

 Nonetheless, there are many addicts almost everywhere. So I think this is actually related to some issues. For instance, there are not enough funds for this issue since people are focused onthe best project, HIV/AIDs Prevention. According to the article “The Great Funding Surge,” by Jon Cohen, the author quotes that Jeremy Shiffman believes that global health equity is significant. I strongly agree with Shiffman that not because others heath problems are less severe, they should be put out of the radar screen. All the small things do matter when people let it become bigger. Therefore, I feel inspired to do the report for Your Story website about drug addiction to contribute to this issue.

I’m so excited to have done what I always wanted to do. I was a little exhausted while I was doing the interview because I needed to go far away to get to the rehabs to interview addicts and I also spent a few times at the University of Chittagong, but I really enjoyed doing that.

The report was actually what I was thinking of doing. I asked the ones that I interviewed all the questions that I always kept in my mind for a long time. It was from my point of view and my curiosity about drug addiction in Bangladesh and then I started to realize that there are many differences between the popularity, usage, general knowledge, and the raising awareness programs of and about drugs in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

For instance, in Cambodia, there are many raising awareness programs, and most people understand the situation of drug abuse. When I was there, I was taught since primary to high school about the causes and effects of drugs. In contrast, in Bangladesh, drugs addiction remains as the elephant in the room. People sort of understand that this problem is happening, but they do not want to talk about it. One more thing is that Yaba is more common in Cambodia whereas Heroine is easier to get in Bangladesh.

I understood that people do drugs because of depression and curiosity. However, it made me hard to believe it with my own ears when I had the chance to listen to what those addicts had to say. New LessonIt gave me a new perception about drugs. Plus, it was a whole new experience that I have learned so far. I’m grateful for myself to have done this report because it taught me a lot, and it allowed me to do something that not just saying or advising, but actually doing something for the society.

  Like I mentioned before, I was in a hard time when I was tempted to do drugs. It was just an idea though. I knew I wouldn’t do it because if I ever touched it, my friend would kill me, and I’m surely going to kill myself too. Therefore, I found out the truth that I would face the truth instead of dying in shame, no matter how hard it could be. I realized that if I survive that time, I will be stronger.

So here I am, still breathing with my short nose. Failure doesn’t kill me; it just gives me some hard lessons that I might need it for later.

 

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Here I Am – once again!

Posted in Aims on June 23, 2009 by Meta

             I left this blog a little while, and I realized that it’s almost expired, but my teacher told me that it’s okay because I could always make it alive again. She says this is the good thing about blog. So here I am, recharging this blog like my dead battery.

             In fact, I was a little busy with my school papers, presentations, some simple exams, and some extra curriculum works on my Zine (it’s a shortcut of magazine).

             To be honest, I just wanted those things to get over with, but it was good because I didn’t have to decide what I should do first since all I needed to do is using two hands and two legs scratching those paper works and then they were done haphazardly. Nevertheless, I’ve got good marks, the top one, and some admiration. That is the only good thing about being busy.

             Among those class work, I’ve done one thing that is very interesting for my teachers, and of course, me too. I went to a rehab to interview some addicts, I’ve been to the University of Chittagong a few times to ask some general information about drug addiction from a lecturer of the physiology department of the university, and I interviewed a doctor in a drug center of the government (he states that it is not a rehab because it doesn’t have enough facilities.)

             These works are for the website Your Story of the British Broadcast Channel radio. From that, I’ve learned a lot. However, I couldn’t put the links for my readers to check those works out because one of the addicts that I’ve interviewed, Osru, wanted me to not do it. (Since my blog is kind of well-known in my school).

             Nevertheless, I will re-edit the audios that I’ve got, without her voice in it, and upload it on my blog later. I hope then you will learn something different from it.