China’s drug users ex­ceed 14 mil­lion

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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