Illegal use of drugs increases among youths
The number of youths using illegal drugs increased last year, accounting for 62 percent of registered users nationwide, the 2015 China Drug Situation Report shows.
Youths are also major participants in the illegal drug trade, according to the annual report released by the Public Security Ministry.
It said people under the age of 35 accounted for 61.3 percent of 194,000 suspects apprehended last year. Of the current 2.34 million registered drug users in the country, 1.8 percent are under the age of 18 and 60.6 percent are 18 to 35.
In 2014, people under the age of 35 accounted for 57.1 percent of illegal drug users. Drug issues attracted wide public attention last year with people from a variety of sectors being caught.
However, the total number of registered illegal drug users in China dropped by 20 percent to 2.34 million last year, according to the report.