China's progress in fight against drugs

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Added On June 26, 2020

Ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Chinese narcotics control authorities have released some facts and figures to show China's remarkable progress in fight against narcotics in the past five years. In the past five years, China's battle against drug crime makes continuous progress. 638,000 drug crimes have been cracked, 32,000 drug trafficking gangs have been eliminated, 780,000 suspects have been arrested, and more than 400 tonnes of drugs of various kinds have been seized. Special operations targeting online drug trafficking cracked 29,000 internet-related drug cases. It led to the arrest of more than 39,000 suspects, seizure of 12 tonnes of drugs, and shutting down of 960 drug-related websites. A series of international anti-narcotics cooperation measures with neighboring countries have been introduced, including the poppy replacement programs in Myanmar and Laos. International anti-narcotics cooperation measures with neighboring countries. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): LI WENJUN, Director of Research Center for drug control theory and policy, People's Public Security University of China "In recent years, China has achieved remarkable progress in drug control, with the number of drug users declining for the first time at the end of 2018. Despite the achievements, new types of drugs continue to appear, and "Internet + Logistics" has become the main way of drug trafficking, thus drugs from the Golden Triangle and the Golden Crescent have further penetrated China. All these have brought new challenges to the anti-drug efforts." In 2019, the number of new drug addicts in China fell by 11.9 percent year on year, representing an overall downward trend for five consecutive years. New drug users under the age of 35 fell 13 percent last year. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): LI WENJUN, Director of Research Center for drug control theory and policy, People's Public Security University of China "Young people's outlooks on world, life and values are still forming. They are curious about new things. They want to try everything, but they lack the ability to tell right from wrong. Some young people tend to show off, seek stimulation, and blindly follow the fad. Their awareness of drug prevention is low. All these make young people more likely to indulge in drugs." In recent years, the country has identified 231,000 people involved in drug-related activities and living in poverty. With targeted anti-drug and poverty-alleviation measures, nearly 84 percent of them had been lifted out of poverty by March 2020. 231,000 people involved in drug-related activities and living in poverty. Nearly 84 percent of them lifted out of poverty by March 2020. A total of 38,000 community rehabilitation institutions had been set up by the end of 2019, serving more than 480,000 people. 38,000 community rehabilitation institutions set up by end of 2019 serving 480,000+ people. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): LI WENJUN, Director of Research Center for drug control theory and policy, People's Public Security University of China "The key to refusing drugs is never to take the first bite. Some drugs are very deceptive. They are packaged as common daily necessities or food, such as milk, tea, cookies and chocolates. So we must take a firm stand and remain alert, resisting temptations and lies. The effective way to stay away from drugs is to actively participate in drug prevention education, update the knowledge of drug control, understand the new types of drugs, establish a correct outlook on life, and do not make friends with drug users."