Heroin addicts on rise

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 November, 1994, 12:00am


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CHINA'S worsening drug problem was spreading from border regions to inner provinces and from cities to villages, according to an official report.

Guangxi police reported more than 40,000 heroin addicts at the end of June this year, according to the official China News Service (CNS).

Despite official claims that efforts to stem production and trafficking of drugs in the province had been successful, the number of addicts was expected to increase, the CNS said.

It quoted the Vice-Chairman of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Lu Bing, as saying the drug problem had been increasing since the anti-narcotics movement launched in the 1950s.

At least 13,000 drug addicts had either received voluntary treatment or been taken to treatment centres by police, CNS said.

There were compulsory narcotic treatment centres in cities like Nanning, Liuzhou and Wuzhou, while nine other voluntary centres had been set up in state hospitals, the report said.

Police had seized more than 1,000 kilograms of heroin and arrested more than 10,000 traffickers up to last September, it added.