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  1. Teen drug abusers going undetected

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com Drug abusers are going undetected for longer periods, making it harder for social workers to wean them off their habits. According to the government's Central Registry of Drug Abuse, the median time last year for abusers to be discovered from their first drug abuse was 2.8 years, or about 34 months, compared with a 2008 figure of 1.9 ...

  2. Fewer drug abusers reported

    Posted Mar 19th 2011, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau The number of reported drug abusers dropped from 13,988 in 2009 to 12,420 last year, the Action Committee Against Narcotics says. The number of drug abusers under 21 fell from 3,387 to 2,753 in the period. There were 4,458 newly reported abusers, compared with 3,719 last year. ...

  3. New health rules target abuse of antibiotics

    Posted Apr 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that 2.5 million people were admitted to hospital for drug allergies and 200,000 of them died, with 40 per cent of deaths related to antibiotics abuse. He said the national monitoring network ... Zhuang Pinghui Stricter curbs are under way to check the rampant use of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals amid growing fears that overuse will lead to increased drug resistance. ...

  4. Fewer teens taking drugs, study finds

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Phila Siu Government figures show a decline of youth drug abuse in Hong Kong ahead of this Sunday's international anti-drug abuse day. The Action Committee Against Narcotics announced last week that the number of reported young drug abusers dropped by 39.9 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. The number went down from 1,110 ...

  5. Clenbuterol abuse by farmers still rampant

    Posted Nov 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... meat. If true, he wouldn't be alone. The drug, which is used to treat asthma but is abused by athletes as a performance-enhancing substance, is widely added to animal feed to keep meat ... pig offal from the menu for its elite athletes. In August, Hong Kong badminton star Zhou Mi was suspended for two years after testing positive for a trace of the drug. She insisted it came ...

  6. Numbers mask severity of drug problem, police say

    Posted Jul 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Martin Wong and Simpson Cheung On paper, Hong Kong has fewer newly reported drug-abuse cases. But in reality, police and social workers are concerned that the problem is getting worse. ... of Drug Abusers agreed. 'The venues for drug taking have become more hidden,' said the executive director of the group, Angelique Tam. From January to May of this year, the total number ...

  7. Is our drugs war a lost cause?

    Posted Jun 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Drug abuse in Hong Kong is at its lowest point in 25 years, but experts say the war against drugs is far from won. Officials are quick to point to the latest ... cycle and officials should not be feeling complacent, said Dr Alman Chan, the principal of Christian Zheng Sheng College, a correctional school for drug abusers. 'The figure was low ...

  8. Fever blamed on antibiotics abuse

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... head of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, said the abuse of antibiotics might have led to the emergency of a highly contagious, deadly mutant strain of the disease. Yuen said antibiotic abuse could have caused the bacteria to become resistant to the macrolide group of antibiotics used to treat scarlet fever. These drugs are now proving to be ineffective. Health chiefs ...

  9. Should school students face mandatory drug testing?

    Posted Feb 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Matthew Murchie

    ... Matthew Murchie, Elise Choi Matthew Murchie, 17, St Joseph's College Drug abuse remains a serious problem in schools. The government's repeated anti-drug campaigns bore little ... the government's zero- tolerance policy on drug abuse among teenagers through mandatory drug testing is a necessary measure. The aim of mandatory drug testing is not to punish or humiliate drug ...

  10. Ketamine users' quality of life goes down the toilet

    Posted Aug 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com Ketamine abusers have weak bladder control even eight months after they quit the drug, according to a university study. Those who stopped taking the drug are twice as likely to use the toilet than non-users, according to a study published in the latest issue of the Hong Kong Medical Journal. Three months after they stopped using the drug, former ...




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