Most resorts have strong anti drug abuse policies and drug abusers are dismissed on short notice once caught in the act. However its a sad fact of life that drug usage (or “abusage”) among resort workers is a persistent problem although its a lot better than the levels found on the streets of Male’. The reasons why people resort to drugs are various and many. Drugs is a problem thats sweeping through across all strata of society and there seems to be no end of the problem as across the country indicators are showing signs worse off than what it was before. Some tit bits of info about drugs abuse in Maldives.
One in 100 adults in Maldives struggles with substance abuse.
Heroin use is on the rise among girls which also leaves them vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.
Male’ is one of the most densely populated in the world. This makes it more difficult for former drug users to avoid re-encountering old drug haunts.
Physical withdrawal from drugs is painful. Withdrawal can take 7 to 14 days.
Recovering users re-embrace religion which can provide needed spiritual guidance order and structure in their lives.
Of the persons who abuse drugs, 20-25 percent abuse drugs by injection.
Of the persons who abuse drugs by injection, the majority (90 percent) are male and about 20 per cent are less than 20 years of age.
Unemployed young people are the group most vulnerable to drug abuse.