This is the second in a series of reports that examines the reality of our
future generations trapped by drugs and searches for alternatives. Resilient teenagers can get back to their normal lives and off drugs if treated quickly and in time.
That's why it's important to race against time, and reporter Bae Joon-woo first covered the scene.
<Reporter Bae Joon-woo>
A residential area in
Gyeonggi-do. A detective from the Police Narcotics Division rushes to his feet.
[Inspector Cho Seung-hyun/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: (You don't know if there is?) I think there is. (Do you have any?)
He joins the other operators who have arrived at the
scene and goes up to the building.
A search was launched against a teenage drug user.
[This is Detective Seung-Hyun Cho of the Gyeonggi South Agency.
The object of the search is an item suspected to be liquid hemp.
[What is this?]
[Do this, do this (confiscate) and send an appraisal.]
There's a reason why I rushed out.
A drug patient who was contacted two weeks ago, but postponed police investigation and treatment and went into hiding.
After repeated inquiries and inquiries of communication history, the location was confirmed with difficulty.
[Inspector Cho Seung-hyun/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: (Did you come to Suwon suddenly?) I heard from an informant that Suwon was eating at a restaurant, so I immediately ran out.]
In the meantime, there was a precarious situation.
[Inspector Cho Seung-hyun/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: He said he had done some self-harm disturbances and stuff like that, and he sent this footage to a friend.]
Counseling immediately followed after the investigation into the alleged medication was completed.
Start by checking for any adverse reactions to check your current physical condition,
[Inspector Seung-hyun Cho/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: How did you feel when you took drugs once?]
He says he thought his head might have hurt and even stuttered his words, which he was scared of.
[Inspector Cho Seung-hyun/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: He said he was begging with his hands in front of the mirror. That's why it's a drug. It's very addictive. It's no laughing matter.]
At the same time, medication hesitants to treat it, endless persuasion.
[Inspector Cho Seung-hyun/Gyeonggi South Police Agency's Violent Crime Investigation Unit: You're one year older than your eldest daughter, but you're talking about it because you're like a daughter.
Teenagers who recover physically and mentally quickly.
The race against time for rescue and recovery is underway everywhere.
[Chun Young-hoon, director of Incheon True Love Hospital: No one did it because they wanted to become an addict, they started wrong, they got here, and the power to stop and recover comes from society.]
(Video Interview: Kim Nam Nam, Video Editing: Oh Young-taek, CG: Jo so-in)
We as a society must come together to protect our youth,
our future, from drugs. To do this, you must first identify and block the barrel of
access to the drug.
Reporter Park Ha-jung interviewed this story.
<Reporter Park Ha-jung>
The announcement you hear as soon as you enter the
door of the hospital.
[Hospital staff: Is this your first time? Is it the right time to prescribe diet pills?]
Let's say you want to lose about 7 kg, [Doctor: In a month,
two months at the latest.]
They don't ask you if you're prescribed or not, and they don't ask you to weigh yourself.
[Doctor: These drugs work on the brain, so you need to take them for 3 months and take a month off. Get a prescription for 1 week, and I wonder if the medicine will cost 1,000 won or not.]
After a 10-minute consultation, I got a prescription for a narcotic appetite suppressant and sleeping pills.
It's a month's worth of appetite suppressant pills that were prescribed without any special procedures or difficulties.
Teenagers are already dabbling in these drugs.
It's through social media.
'Dalgu', that is, to ask for a proxy purchase and make a transaction.
In fact, SBS confirmed that a 12-year-old girl had transferred 31,000 won to a vendor and received appetite suppressants from a convenience store 20 minutes from her home.
It may start out as different from drugs, but as teenagers seek stronger stimulation, they sink deeper and deeper into the defenseless social media space.
[Chun Young-hoon, director of Incheon True Love Hospital: Even the kids don't get strong meth in the first place. Dealers send them with samples of drugs, and that's what attracts them to stronger and stronger drugs.]
In fact, it was the first time I had contacted a sales book on SNS,
When I say that I am worried because I am a student, I tempt him by saying that he is not strong.
[Have you heard, ○○○, I'm going to let you know that I'm someone else (social security number), so don't use mine (when making a direct deposit).]
The teenager, who started with painkillers, jumped into the hospital in search of medicine in his 20s.
[Kang Dan-bi (pseudonym)/20s (medication from teens): I throw myself into a taxi and talk to the driver. I'm going to go to the hospital, but I just asked if I could go with him. I went around the hospital like a tour until the taxi fare was about 100,000 won. It's just bitter, when I see the world going around. Drugs are so easy to get right now, and that's why.]
(Video Interview: Lee Yong-han and Choi Choe-woong, Video Editing: Lee Seung-seung, CG: Eom So-min, Kim Han-gil, Seo Dong-min, Lee Jae-joon)
In the course of our investigation into the drug distribution routes of teenagers, we were able to identify supply chains that sell drugs in large quantities, mainly online.
Reporter Yeo Hyun-kyo interviewed the reality of criminals who are making juveniles the target of crime and destroying their future.
Reporter <Yeo Hyun-kyo>
This video is reminiscent of
an advertisement for a company's product, but in reality, it is an advertisement for a new type of drug posted by a social media account with 1,000 subscribers.
Like an online shopping mall, it has more than 10 types of menus, and offers price discounts and medication guides to temptation.
The vendors' trap has also penetrated into music sharing sites that are popular with teenagers.
A teenager reported a music site, and when he searched for drug-related words, related content came up, and the address of the drug purchase was posted in the comments.
The bigger problem is that these dealers also make and sell cheap "new synthetic drugs" to make money.
[Kim Sun-chun, director of the Daejeon Research Institute, National Institute of Forensic Science: Trying to make it cheaper can lead to less purification and toxicity other than drugs.
[Kang Dan Bee (pseudonym)/20s (medication from teens): That's really dead, just like some people die from a small amount of fentanyl, if you take these miscellaneous drugs, you're going to die.]
Big retailers use cryptocurrency instead of cash or online payments, which can be tracked.
A large dealer whose police have confirmed more than 30 cases of cryptocurrency drug deals.
When I got the address and opened the merchant's coin wallet, I saw nearly 100 transactions a month.
What's worse is that these teens turn into suppliers before they know it.
[Kim Yeon-so (pseudonym)/30s (medication from teens): You leave a little of what you have to do and start selling the rest. Before you know it, it has already become a sales book, and the merchant ship is now the middle book....]
It is a story about the vicious cycle of creating new dosers to continue the medication.
(Video Interview: Yoon Hyung, Video Editing: Hwang Ji-young, CG: Seo Seung-hyun, Lim Chan-hyuk)
"I started with pills to lose weight" "I bought drugs as if I were sightseeing in a taxi" (Full video)
Highlights: This is the second in a series of reports that examines the reality of our future generations trapped by drugs and searches for alternatives. Resilient teenagers can get back to their normal lives and off drugs if treated quickly and in time. To do this, you must first identify and block the barrel of access to the drug. We as a society must come together to protect our youth, our future and our society's future, from drugs, says Kim Nam Nam, anchor of the second report.
This is the second in a series of reports that examines the reality of our future generations trapped by drugs and searches for alternatives. Resilient teenagers can get back to their normal lives and off drugs if treated quickly and in time.