Drug abuse falls 24%

September 15, 2022

The number of reported drug abusers in Hong Kong fell 24% year-on-year in the first half of 2022, the Action Committee Against Narcotics announced today.


According to the latest Central Registry of Drug Abuse figures, the number of reported drug abusers aged under 21 declined 25% during the period.


The most common types of drugs abused in the same period were heroin, cocaine and cannabis, while the most common types among those aged under 21 were cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.


The committee's Chairman Dr Donald Li said the law enforcement agencies have spared no effort in combating drug problems in order to prevent drugs from endangering the health of citizens.


In 2021, Police and Customs seized over 14,000 kg of drugs, representing a 150% increase compared to the 2020 figure. A total of 4,438 drug cases were detected, which increased 15% compared to the level in 2020.


Dr Li pointed out that although the drug abuse and drug situation in the city is generally under control, the community must stay vigilant.


He reminded teenagers not to take chances or believe in the fallacy that teenagers or students will not be held legally responsible for drug trafficking.


The committee also noted that the numbers might have been affected by the COVID-19 epidemic and the relevant measures.

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