Drug Control Law

Six-year British study says cannabis use should not be criminal offence

A six-year study of Britain's drug laws by leading scientists, police officers, academics and experts has concluded it is time to introduce decriminalisation.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 4:20am

Anti-drug curbs 'fail to provide lasting solution'

The government has been quick to introduce remedies in response to increases in drug abuse cases over the past 20 years, new research shows. But experts say it still lacks long-term plans to root out the problem.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wary parents hire private eye for kids

Private detectives are traditionally instructed to get evidence of extramarital affairs. But for a growing number of Philic Man Hin-nam's clients, it's not their husbands or wives they want followed, but their children.

Suspicious parents call her in when they fear their offspring are involved with drugs or trading sexual favours for cash.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Drugs: a sure way to lose your cool

Teenagers are starting to take drugs at increasingly younger ages; in some cases, children younger than 10 are falling victim.

In most cases, teens get into drugs because of people around them - they think taking drugs is cool. But it's not.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

First arrest under new drug-drive regulations

Police have made their first arrest of a driver suspected to be under the influence of an illegal drug since a drug-driving law came into effect last week.

The driver, 33, was also the first person in the city to be subject to a new five-part impairment test to see whether he was influenced by drugs.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Time is right for drug-driving tests

The city lagged behind other advanced jurisdictions in introducing random breath-testing and tougher penalties for drink driving that fit a serious crime against society. Those deterrents were soon reflected in fewer cases of injury and death involving alcohol, with the strong inference that they are saving lives.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sober advice on intractable drug problem

It's high time for a rethink on tackling the global drug epidemic. The US war on drugs has clearly failed. An urgent and honest dialogue is needed. So it should be welcome when a Central American leader whose country is plagued by drug-trafficking violence tries to raise the issue with his fellow politicians in the region.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Youth tempted by drugs just need a dose of love

During the festive season, when young people are at greater risk of being tempted by drugs, parents might do well to heed the advice of a former TV actress turned parenting expert.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Positive path to an anti-drug culture

Our government has invested a lot of its social and moral capital in the war on drugs. Increased funding for anti-drug programmes, treatment and rehabilitation has wide community support. Some of it, however, is being spent on voluntary testing in schools, a controversial initiative that is both problematic and potentially divisive.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Teen drug abusers going undetected

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 years, or about 23 months.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Think twice before you post online

Recently, naughty photos of Hong Kong policewomen appeared online. These pictures show them pulling up their skirts and pointing their guns at each other. I am really shocked by this. As police officers, they should have self-discipline.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Numbers mask severity of drug problem, police say

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.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Welcome to Shanghai ... or Shang-high for some

'You like a smoke?' he asks, taking a long drag on his sweetly fragrant roll-up and leaning back against a pet-shop window.

It's just gone 10pm on a weeknight and a popular bar street in the centre of Shanghai is unusually quiet. We have barely met and this tall Nigerian has offered me a score almost by way of a 'hello'.

9 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Schools could be key to drug fight

It would be good to report after the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday that the war against illegal drugs is being won. That is what governments, including ours, would like to have heard from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an international panel of eminent former policymakers.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Is our drugs war a lost cause?

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 drug figures - 12,420 reported cases last year - as a measure of success in the war on drugs, but academics and frontline service providers are less optimistic.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am