The youth drug abuse problem has become a serious concern in Hong Kong. In order to lend a helping hand to those who have unfortunately fallen victim to drugs, the School of Chinese Medicine recently conducted a pilot study with the Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong to provide Chinese medicine treatment to young drug abusers. The results of the pilot study were encouraging and pave the way for further cooperation between HKBU and the Association.
The pilot study was initiated last November. Drug abusers, aged 17 to 28, were referred to Dr. Xu Min, Assistant Professor of the School of Chinese Medicine, by the Association which provides counseling services to the abusers.
Ten young drug abusers, who had developed symptoms such as insomnia and memory deterioration after taking Ketamine for more than six years, paid regular visits to Chinese medicine clinics. The majority of the 10 patients have recovered from the symptoms as well as minimised or stopped the drug habit. One of them has already returned to the workforce.
With the encouraging results of the pilot study, the School and the Association will strengthen their cooperation in the next three years with the aim of helping more young drug abusers recover.
Dr. Xu Min (left) and his counterparts in the Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association share the results of the pilot study with the media