why does it seem like taiwan and asia in general -namely japan, south korea, maybe china - dont have problems with drugs that the west does? from what i know and the taiwanese that i personally know taiwan does not seem to have any significant drug problems.
i live in the u.s. and it just seems like drugs is such a huge and never ending problem on our society. whether it be marijuana (which I dont think is such a big deal) to bigger problems with cocaine, meth, prescription drugs, etc. this problem just cant seem to go away. it also transcends borders and involves other countries as a big part of the supply comes from mexico/latin america. it fuels problems in those countries with gang warfare and criminal activity. we all know the huge problems mexico has with drug lords and crime. governments here in the u.s. and in those countries just cant seem to be able to counter the problems. i guess as long as there is demand there will always be suppliers. even tho we have tough punishments on drug use and and spend huge resources and money for programs and treatments to help addicts, we just cant seem resolve the problem.
are asians just better at controlling drug (and alcohol) addictions? does confucius dictate to say no to drugs? are asian parents just better at raising their kids and grill into their heads to focus on books and school and making money? inquiring minds want to know!