Community efforts are vital in solving the problem of poverty in the country. Most crimes happen in the poor sector of society because of lack of guidance. It’s a way of life for the. As long as they feel good and relieved, the practice continues. Thereby, solvent addiction finds its way to the vulnerable children.
[VIDEO]: Society’s problem starts within families where children are neglected. Some prioritize their solvent supply over food just because it make them feel good.
Government statistics show two in 10 Filipino families were poor, as of 2015. But the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) says 45 percent or around 10.5 million Filipino families consider themselves poor.
Solvent Addiction Comes Handy to Street Children
Street children often find their way away from their family to try to ease the hardships in life. That quest can endanger them. Since they are not guided properly by parents, they are prone to bad influences. Peer pressure introduces them first to solvent addiction.
Making Money from the Needy
Syndicates thrive in impoverished areas because the youngsters are desperate to feel good at very cheap cost. “Rugby Boys” (also called “Solvent Boys”) and even girls do the sniffing in the streets. The chemical is placed in a plastic bag. It is inhaled from the bag to achieve euphoria.
Solvent is as deadly as any dangerous drug
Rugby is an aromatic hydrocarbon solvent that is widely used as an industrial feedstock. Just like any other dangerous drug, rugby could be as deadly. But in the absence of a concrete law to stop the sale of this addictive substance, the problem escalates – damaging our children.
The Power of Volunteerism
Local governments have the power to initiate an information campaign visiting depressed areas in Manila, teaching values and reading and writing to street children under five years old. This should make them aware of the proper way of life.
Top offices in the government can form a joint venture with private companies to organize community outreach program like the Jolllibee Family Values Awards. Now on its sixth year, the annual search will recognize six more exemplary Filipino families who have made an impact in their communities. We need more of these sorts.