Time for an honest discussion about alcohol abuse

Dear Editor,

I’m alarmed by the number of violent deaths in Samoa. For such a small country, this should certainly be of great concern to the leaders of this nation. Hardly a week goes by without a violent death reported in the media.

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What is I see is that 50 percent of these deaths were directly related to alcohol abuse.  This is a serious medical epidemic that is taking a hold on Samoan society. 

There needs to be honest discussions about the problems Samoa is facing because of alcohol abuse.  The government needs to take some action on addressing this problem. 

Start with zero tolerance for drinking and driving and early education about the dangers of this drug to high school students. We cannot wait, this conversation must begin now.

 

Ueni

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