His call changed into Arnel. He became a brilliant, smart, fun-loving pupil, and he becomes superb at math. He desired to be an engineer and paintings on the US Navy Base in Subic Bay. He was my student. But the amusement and happiness went out of Arnel’s life, like that of such a lot of other shiny college students, while his mother and father broke up. His father had observed a bar girl from one of the loads of sex bars that changed into the only employment supplied with the aid of the city administration to their eternal shame in the one’s days.
It changed into town, and American sailors had to have their Filipina intercourse slaves, youngsters and ladies, and capsules. It became a wild hedonistic town filled with erotica, and infant and girl and drug abuse as seldom seen. That changed into one reason I commenced and led a successful campaign to put off and convert American bases to a monetary area. Despite rampant corruption at the start, it’s miles now a convincing success.
Family breakups and divorce are devastating for children. They sense deserted, harassed, and depressed. Ariel became despondent and turned into deeply saddened, filled with deep emotional pain.
The shame of his father’s abandonment and hedonistic lifestyles hurt him. He stayed away from his buddies; his attention in magnificence dropped; he lost interest in studying, has become moody and despondent. He sought a dangerous refuge in smoking marijuana. He was quickly addicted. Like tens of millions of people around the world, he became in pain, emotional and bodily ache, often due to the infidelity, betrayal, and the rejection of others. Like many, he reached for pills — legal and illegal.
Many see the usage of painkillers as a form of self-medication. It is a quick repair, but the pain stays. That is what causes addiction. Arnel’s dependency and many others of my students in St. Joseph’s High School, Olongapo City, made me determined to offer a shelter and rehabilitation middle for the younger drug dependents. The Marcos regime had started to shoot them inside the hateful Marcos’ conflict-on-pills.
I began the Preda Foundation 45 years ago in 1974 to offer sanctuary and rehabilitation to the youngsters who located capsules as their only refuge. Hundreds of young people and kids who are in dire situations are being helped until these days. Arnel became cured and has become an engineer.
Millions of drugs and tablets are prescribed daily, and thousands and thousands of extra are to be had on the black market. Drug pushers and distributors are everywhere, handiest too inclined to get a brand new client. One of the most important alleged drug pushers, which is stated to be destroying thousands of lives is the pharmaceutical companies.
They are accused of creating powerful painkilling pills and then distributing those without care or warning that these are powerfully addictive and that overuse can reason demise. In the USA by myself, the number of people who died from a drug overdose of prescribed and unlawful drug use was 16,849 in 1999, accomplishing 20,237 in 2017. More Americans have died from drug overdose than from the Vietnam War. There have been at the least four hundred,000 Americans useless within the beyond twenty years due to overdose. Meanwhile, in Canada, extra than 10, three hundred Canadians died due to an apparent opioid-associated overdose between January 2016 and September 2018.