Drugs in Cambodia

Growing up in a rough neighbourhood rife with gambling and prostitution, peer pressure drove 31-year-old Oun* into using drugs while he was a teenager. 

Addiction soon followed, leading to him quit school during his third year of junior high. Later, as his strained relations with his family neared breaking point, he ran away from home. It was then he realised he had hit rock bottom. 

“I used them [drugs] a lot that I almost became mentally ill. When I was alone, I thought I was crazy. One day I ran away from home, and I finally woke up to myself,” Oun said. 

When Oun’s family started to look down on him, he knew he had to make changes if he wanted things to be different. 

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