China es­ti­mated to have 14 mil­lion drug users: re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of China’s illegal drug users has been es­ti­mated at around 14 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased by the coun­try’s state coun­cil Wed­nes­day.

The re­port states that 2.95 mil­lion peo­ple have been recorded in nar­cotics con­sump­tion ci­ta­tions and cases by the end of 2014, but puts the ac­tual pop­u­la­tion of drug users at around 14 mil­lion.

Drug use in China has caused about 49,000 drug- re­lated deaths and has led to an an­nual eco­nomic loss of 500 bil­lion Chi­nese yuan (US$80.5 bil­lion).

The re­port also in­di­cates that the num­ber of syn­thetic drug users out­stripped that of con­ven­tional nar­cotics for the first time in 2014.

Most no­tably, the re­port said that since 2014, the de­mo­graphic of drug users has been spread­ing across a vast range of pro­fes­sions in­clud­ing civil ser­vants, free­lancers, celebri­ties and white col­lar work­ers.

The re­port said that most of the heroin and am­phet­a­mines con­sumed in China are smug­gled from the Mekong Delta, while the prov­inces of Guang­dong and Sichuan are listed as the coun­try’s largest do­mes­tic ori­gins of the two drugs.

Although gov­ern­ment ef­forts have been suc­cess­ful in curb­ing the con­sump­tion of heroin in China, the use of syn­thetic drugs such as am­phet­a­mines is ris­ing rapidly, the re­port said.

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