China’s drug users exceed 14 million
China had 2.95 million registered drug users by the end of 2014, but the actual number is estimated to be in excess of 14 million, the China National Narcotics Control Commission (NNCC).
The number of synthetic drug users has seen an average annual rise of 36 percent over the past years, reaching 1.46 million in 2014. There is evidence that more youths are abusing synthetic narcotics such as methamphetamine. This is the first time it surpasses the number of registered heroin addicts, which stood at 1.45 million last year.
Although the growth of heroin users has been curbed, a high proportion still relapsed after rehabilitation, said Liu Yuejin, vice chief of the NNCC.
The police arrested more than 880,000 drug users in 2014, and admitted 264,000 into compulsory detoxification.