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. It 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.