Praise for Patten
A UK drugs expert has commended Hong Kong for coming up with an action plan to fight drug abuse, despite criticism from local anti-drug groups.
The chairman of the London Drugs Policy Forum, Peter Rigby, said he was 'highly impressed' with the $30 million 26-point plan to fight drug abuse among young people announced by Governor Chris Patten at a drug summit this month.
Mr Rigby, who met Commissioner for Narcotics Alasdair Sinclair and Senior Superintendent of the Narcotics Bureau Tang Hau-sing yesterday, said the drug education initiatives were impressive.
'Any initiative which is going to give resources worth $30 million to fight drug abuse must be worthwhile,' he said. 'I'm particularly impressed with plans to put more emphasis on drug education in primary schools because the most important thing is to reduce the demand for drugs through education.' Under the plan, the Hospital Authority will establish six drug abuse clinics to treat about 300 patients a year.