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Title: The role of research in drug policy in Hong Kong: Highlighting life satisfaction from two longitudinal studies of drug abusers
Authors: Prof. CHEUNG Yuet-Wah 
Lee, King-fai 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: China Journal of Social Work, 2020, vol. 13(2), pp. 172-189.
Journal: China Journal of Social Work 
Abstract: This paper examines the role of research in the development of drug policy in Hong Kong. The upsurge of the prevalence of psychoactive drug abuse in young people since the mid-1990s had brought about a great demand for medical and social science research on psychoactive drugs and users. Among a large number of Beat Drugs Fund-funded projects, two longitudinal studies, conducted between 2000 and 2002 and between 2009 and 2011, respectively, were used to illustrate the possible contributions of research findings to treatment and rehabilitation services. The most salient finding present in both studies was the significant and negative relationship between life satisfaction and continuation of drug use. The finding suggested that subjective well-being should be incorporated into treatment programmes, and there is a need to provide post-treatment services to young rehabilitated psychoactive drug abusers in the form of life planning programmes and organisation of sustainable social activities in the community.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 1752-5098
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2020.1799541
Appears in Collections:Sociology - Publication

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