School drug report shock

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 March, 2010, 12:00am

A report on teenager drugs users sparked alarm in Hong Kong when it revealed that 90 per cent of primary and secondary schools have pupils who are taking drugs. But a comparison between students in Britain and the United States showed Hong Kong students' drug use is not too high.

The results of the four-year study were released after the government announced an extra HK$3 billion in its budget for the Beat Drugs Fund to fund anti-drug programmes, treatment and rehabilitation. The survey found 3.7 per cent of students - one in 27 - reported having experiences with psychotropic drugs. Experts remarked that it was very easy for youngsters to get drugs these days.