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Question Code: ED03 Topic: Youth Drug Abuse Scope of Discussion: Current Salient Trend, School Drug Testing

, Governance, Anti-drug Publicity Measures Data-response Question Consider the following sources: Source A: Newly reported drug abusers by age group by reason for current drug use, 1st quarter 2011 Reasons for current drug use Peer influence/ To identify with peers Relief of boredom/ Depression/Anxiety Avoid discomfort of its absence Curiosity To seek euphoria or sensory satisfaction Aged under 21
57.5% 36.6% 13.1% 36.2% 25.4%

Aged 21 and over
29.1% 43.7% 31.7% 23.0% 13.0%

Note: More than one reason for current drug use may be reported for each individual reported drug abuser. Source: Narcotics Division, Security Bureau (17 June 2011). Chart 7 Newly/previously reported drug abusers by age group by reason for current drug use. Retrieved 30 August, 2011 http://www.nd.gov.hk/statistics_list/doc/en/t7.pdf

Source B

Ne w ly re p orte dd ru ga b u se rs b ya g eg rou p
1500 1164 No. of pe rsons 1000
505 (43.4%)

1079
498 (46.2%)

758
474 (62.5%)

Aged under 21 Aged 21 & over

500
659 (56.6%) 581 (53.8%)

0 1st quarte r 2009 1st quarter 2010

284 (37.5%)

1st quarte r 2011

Anti-drug campaigns in posters exhibition to start tomorrow. So we are launching a series of anti-drug posters using our publicity slogan ‘stand firm. 2011 from http://www.” Discuss whether you agree with this view. Retrieved 30 August.gov. knock drugs out’ so as to tie in with the latest trend of drug abuse and alert young people to the trap of drug abuse. 2011 from http://www.gov. Security Bureau (17 June 2011).htm 2. Retrieved 30 August. do you think School Drug Testing in Tai Po has been successful in decreasing the number of young drug abusers? (c) “To tackle with the youth drug abuse problem. 2010). ACAN pleased by continued improvement in drug situation and completion of Tai Po School Drug Testing Trial Scheme ’. Source: Narcotics Division.Note: Figures in brackets refer to the proportions of reported drug abusers in the respective groups. Newly reported drug abusers by age group (1st quarter 2009 to 1st quarter 2011).info.pdf Source C The Trial Scheme on School Drug Testing in Tai Po was implemented from December 2009 to June 2010. Trial Scheme on Tai Po School Drug Testing completed smoothly.nd.hk/statistics_list/doc/chart1. The Chairman of the Action Committee Against Narcotics supported that School Drug Testing should be extended to other schools and districts. Another member of the ACAN said.grs. Narcotics Division.info. Government Records Service (20 December. Retrieved 30 August.hk/ws/online/anti_drug/tc/home/cover. and ‘professional testing and support services for students’. the government should pay more effort on anti-drug publicity measures than implementing school drug testing. Security Bureau (17 June 2011).hk/gia/general/201006/28/P201006280169. Security Bureau (28 June. state the differences between the two age groups in their reasons for current drug use. 2011 from http://www.htm 3. “Preventive education and publicity is a principal measure among the anti-drug strategies. The scheme was guided by four principles.gov.html (a) According to Source A. namely ‘helping students in their best interest’. Narcotics Division. . ‘keeping personal information strictly confidential’. 2011 from http://www. Retrieved 30 August. (b) With reference to Source B & C. ‘voluntary participation’.hk/gia/general/201106/17/P201106170287. Its objectives were to enhance the resolve of students to stay away from drugs and to give help to students troubled by drugs. 2010).” Source: 1.gov.

would be assessed. “peer influence”. “youth drug abuse”. “pressures on adolescents”. “governance”. making judgment whether School Drug Testing in Tai Po was successful  Comparing the effectiveness of school drug testing and anti-drug publicity measures to solve the youth drug abuse problem (e. a decrease in the number of newly-reported young drug abusers in 1st quarter 2011). such as “peer influence”.Intention of Assessment Assessment Focus Through the analysis of current drug use statistics and the Trial Scheme on School Drug Testing. to state the differences between the two age groups in their reasons for current drug use  Based on the statistical and textual data (e. deterring versus preventive measures) and then providing sound arguments to justify what the government should pay more effort on Skills  Making effective use of numerical and textual data to analyze the current trend of youth drug abuse  Applying relevant concepts/knowledge to give an informed response to the question  Evaluating the effectiveness of School Drug Testing in Tai Po  Making comparison between school drug testing and anti-drug publicity measures . Moreover. “life skills”.g. short-term versus longterm policies. “School Drug Testing”. students should be able to demonstrate basic skills like manipulating numerical data to state the different reasons for current drug use. “anti-drug publicity measures”. Expected Student Performance Knowledge  Using the data and relevant concepts. “self development”.g. “curiosity”. students’ application of concepts/knowledge such as “current salient trend”. “interpersonal relationships”. “healthy lifestyles” and so on. and higher-order thinking skills like evaluating the effectiveness of the School Drug Testing in Tai Po.

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