In a shocking revelation, health authorities reported a significant surge in the use of heroin among school children, particularly those aged between 15 and 18.
Addressing the media, Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Gihan Abeywardena said it is indeed pathetic that school children have become victims of heroin and other illicit drugs.
Dr. Abeywardena explained that heroin users often exhibit a high inclination to switch to other illicit substances, thus making their situation even more perilous.
Moreover, a sudden halt of heroin use can lead to physical dependence, resulting in withdrawal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.
Besides, an overdose of heroin can severely depress breathing, potentially leading to fatal consequences.
“The consequences of this alarming trend are already being felt, as an increasing number of school and university students are being hospitalized due to convulsions or fits, which can be directly attributed to the overuse of heroin,” he underscored.
In light of these distressing developments, Dr. Abeywardena stressed the significant responsibilities that fall on parents to remain vigilant and closely monitor their children’s activities.
Early detection and intervention are crucial in preventing the escalation of drug abuse among school children, he added.
Furthermore, Dr. Abeywardena also highlighted another concerning trend, the addiction of hospital staff to pain relievers commonly used within medical facilities.
“The easy access to these medications has led to an increasing number of healthcare professionals succumbing to addiction. The overuse of such pain relievers can also have severe consequences, both for the individuals involved and the quality of healthcare provided,” he added.