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  1. Changes keep police out of drug testing

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Peter So

    ... Joshua But, Martin Wong and Peter So Police will play no part in the voluntary drug-testing plan in Tai Po schools in an about-face by officials after heated public debate. In other ... in any expansion of the pilot plan. An official familiar with the policy said the scheme, to be rolled out in Tai Po secondary schools in December, was aimed at helping students avoid drug use, ...

  2. 25 manufacturing plants to undergo inspection

    Posted Mar 13th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Martin Wong Twenty-five drug plants in the city would be inspected and the government would consider reviewing the regulatory system to ensure safety amid the drug-contamination scare, a health official said yesterday. All drug makers with Department of Health 'good manufacturing practice' (GMP) accreditation would be inspected to check their ability ...

  3. Private hospitals, doctors switch drugs with little difficulty

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Martin Wong The tainted-drug scare has had little impact on private hospitals and doctors, who say they have all easily switched to drugs made by manufacturers other than Europharm. Sha Tin's Union Hospital stopped using Europharm-made drugs immediately after the incident, but the impact was small as the hospital only used 19 Europharm products, less than 5 per ...

  4. Police to be told if pupil tests positive for drugs

    Posted Aug 07th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Martin Wong

    ... Agnes Lam and Martin Wong Police will be told if students test positive for drugs under a voluntary trial to be launched in Tai Po next month, although the students will not be expelled or prosecuted. Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung said the scheme aimed to help students with drug problems, not to punish them. 'Social workers will give these students counselling ...

  5. No one came to us about drug tests: privacy body

    Posted Aug 08th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Phyllis Tsang and Martin Wong The privacy watchdog has not been consulted on whether the voluntary drug tests in schools, which are about to be introduced in a pilot scheme in Tai Po, ... concerns over the introduction of drug tests in schools. It had not yet been consulted about the tests by the government, the spokeswoman said. Principal assistant secretary for security David Wong ...

  6. Tsang certain school drug tests will work

    Posted Aug 09th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Martin Wong Voluntary drug tests in schools must be implemented as soon as possible and would be useful even if students ditched school to avoid the screening, Chief ... after attending an RTHK forum to discuss youth drug problems with parents. Noting doubts recently voiced about the feasibility and effectiveness of the scheme, he stressed that the aim ...

  7. School drug tests will go ahead, Henry Tang says

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The voluntary school drug test would go ahead in Tai Po as scheduled at the end of the year despite reservations about it in various sectors, the chief secretary said yesterday. Speaking after attending an anti-drug seminar for secondary teachers in Kowloon, Henry Tang Ying-yen said he had heard the community's different opinions about the plan. 'Our ...

  8. Catholics say drug tests will stigmatise students

    Posted Aug 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The Catholic Church has warned that the government's plan for random voluntary drug testing in schools risks stigmatising the teenagers who are chosen. Vicar general ... the situation. 'If a student in a school is found to be on drugs, does it mean that the other 1,000 students have to be tested? It is impossible as it will take lots of time. But then when you take ...

  9. Police seek society's help on drugs

    Posted Jul 30th 2009, 12:00am by Adrian Wan, Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Adrian Wan The number of young people arrested for serious drug offences in the first half of this year has increased, amid growing concern over worsening drug abuse. ... and 20 had been arrested for serious narcotics offences, such as drug trafficking and possession, between January and the end of last month. There were 557 such arrests in the same period last ...

  10. Welfare chief queries police role in drug tests

    Posted Aug 14th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Martin Wong

    ... Agnes Lam, Martin Wong and Fanny W. Y. Fung The social welfare chief has expressed reservations about involving the police in the voluntary drug-testing scheme, saying pupils should ... if pupils test positive. Mr Fisher also said social workers' code of conduct required them to protect the privacy of pupils. 'Unless drug trafficking is involved, even if a student tells ...




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