Drugs and Their Dangers in Papua New Guinea by Philip Kai Morre, Simbu Writer’s Association, 2015, 142 pp, ISBN: 978-1519479792. Available from Amazon books for US$4.49 plus postage (Kindle US$1.00).
DRUG and alcohol abuse in Papua New Guinea is a huge problem. From that abuse stems so many other issues that are endemic in the nation.
These include out-of-control law and order, the abuse of women and children, serious medical problems like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis and a raft of socio-economic problems.
At the other end of the spectrum there seems to be little inclination to understand what causes people to abuse these substances in the first place - and even less inclination on the part of the government to do anything about it.
At best the government adopts a crude knee-jerk reaction by coming down heavily on the victims. At worst it does absolutely nothing at all.