Addicts spurn treatment
By MATHEW LOH
CHEAPER street-level heroin has been blamed for a 21 per cent drop in drug addicts seeking treatment, according to the Hongkong Narcotics Report 1992 issued yesterday.
Published by the Action Committee Against Narcotics, the report says 10,598 addicts were being treated at the end of last year compared to 13,407 the year before.
Admissions to the methadone programme had declined significantly which the report said was directly related to cut-price No 4 heroin.
''As a result of lower heroin prices at street level, smaller numbers of heroin abusers voluntarily sought and remained in treatment,'' the report said.
The report also noted the continued increase in cough medicine abuse which it said had been a trend since 1988.