Anti-narcotics message to target hard and soft drugs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 March, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 March, 1998, 12:00am

Fewer young drug abusers were reported to the Central Registry of Drug Abuse (CRDA) last year than the year before, according to the Assistant Secretary of Narcotics, Lam Ka-tai.

'A total of 3,135 drug abusers aged below 21 were reported to the CRDA, 14.3 per cent down on the figure in 1996,' Mr Lam said.

He was speaking at a seminar for about 200 in-service and student social workers at the Lady Trench Training Centre of the Social Welfare Department in Wan Chai.

Jointly organised by the Action Committee Against Narcotics and the Social Welfare Department, the seminar was aimed at keeping social workers informed of the Government's anti-drugs efforts and at enhancing their skills in helping young drug abusers.

Mr Lam said last year there was a 10.4 per cent drop in the number of young female drug abusers, compared with the number the previous year.

However, there was a 1.9 per cent increase in the number of psychotropic substances abusers last year, with 3,451 cases reported, compared with 3,388 the previous year, Mr Lam said.

In view of this, he said this year's anti-drug projects would emphasise: that both 'hard' and 'soft' drugs are dangerous; drug abuse does not solve any problems; and the benefits of staying away from drugs.

Mr Lam said the anti-drugs message would be promoted through various activities, such as drug education talks for both primary and secondary students, as well as parents.

Educational pamphlets would also be distributed and and drug awareness campaigns run on television, radio and the Internet.