Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Truth About China’s Unknown Millions of Drug Users

Surveys on drug-taking reveal much more users than officials estimate — and we should adjust our policies accordingly.

"According to the National Narcotics Control Commission — the country’s foremost anti-drug organization — there were an estimated 2.5 million drug users in China at the end of 2016. The same body classified around 1.5 million of them, or 60 percent, as users of so-called new drugs — that is, the synthetic drugs mentioned above instead of “traditional” drugs like, say, heroin and cocaine. In the same year, 445,000 people started using drugs in China, of which 81 percent were classified as substance abusers. However, these figures only include drug users whose details are known to the country’s public security organs; the actual number is likely much higher." - extracted from

"The number of drug users in China increased substantially from 2010 to 2015. There is no evidence to suggest that the figure will stop growing or decrease. Drug use is, of course, a global issue, but we nonetheless know very little about China’s drug users. We must therefore continue to undertake in-depth surveys into their habits and behavior, and adjust our anti-narcotics policies to help them in the best way we can." - extracted from



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