China's National Narcotics Control Commission says that since 2005, Chinese police have arrested 1.15 million suspects linked to over one million drug-related crimes. Over 751 tonnes of drugs were seized in the period. In 2015 alone, Chinese police arrested almost 39,000 suspects for trafficking illegal drugs overseas. Earlier reports said China had 3.23 million registered drug users as of July 2015, of which almost 60 percent were aged 35 or younger.
So, how serious is China's drug problem? What's being done to combat it? And, with a Special Session of the UN General Assembly having just taken place on the subject of drugs, how is the international community reacting to the issue?
Ni hao, you're listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China and around the world.
To find out more, Nick Lanigan spoke to Professor Li De, Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Macau and President of the Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research, as well as Dolores Cimini, Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation at the University at Albany Counseling and Psychological Services, a licensed psychologist.
This was the final edition of People in the Know. From tomorrow, you can tune in to listen to all-new episodes of On the Record. We hope you continue to enjoy our updated program schedule and, from the team to all our listeners, thank you for your loyalty to People in the Know.