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Drug Policy

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

Hit middlemen in birth trade hard

The public has grown increasingly frustrated at the seeming impotence of the authorities to stem the tide of mainland mothers overtaxing the city's obstetrics services. Less than a month into the auspicious year of the dragon, maternity services at our private hospitals are booked to October and beyond, as are public hospital quotas for non-local mothers.

26 Feb 2012 - 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

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

Education the key to anti-drug culture

The results of the voluntary drug-testing trial in Tai Po high schools should be filed under 'inconclusive' along with research into similar exercises conducted overseas. They contain little evidence that the idea has benefits that justify the downside. Instead, the government has put a spin on them to justify extending voluntary testing to all its schools.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Jordan raid nets huge drug haul

A total of 760 grams of crack cocaine, 6.7 kilograms of cocaine, 180 grams of heroin and drug manufacturing equipment worth about HK$7.6 million were seized in a customs raid on a drug manufacturing facility in Jordan on Tuesday. A 61-year-old man was arrested and was charged with manufacturing and trafficking a dangerous drug. He will appear in Kowloon City Court today.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Sharp fall in drug arrests after two-year campaign

There was a sharp drop in the number of young people arrested for drug-related offences after a two-year effort to fight the problem, the security chief said yesterday.

Figures showed that the number aged under 21 found committing serious drug offences fell to 346 in the first five months of the year from 517 in the same period last year.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Fewer reported drug abusers

The latest government figures show a significant drop in the number of drug abusers, but a social worker says there are still many hidden ones.

The number of reported drug abusers in the first three months was down 10.3 per cent year on year, according to advisory body the Action Committee Against Narcotics.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

4 held over HK$1m of cocaine

Three Colombians, including two asylum seekers, and a Hong Kong man were arrested and HK$1 million worth of cocaine was seized in Causeway Bay early yesterday.

The arrests were made after police received a tip-off about a drug buyer and officers from Wan Chai identified the local man and placed him under 24-hour surveillance.

15 May 2010 - 12:00am

Youth anti-drug hotline gets about 25 inquiries a day

The anti-drug hotline received 4,450 calls in its first six months, further evidence of the scale of youth drug abuse in the city.

The telephone service on 186186, which offers live advice to young drug abusers, their parents and teachers, started in August last year.

Social workers take the calls and answer questions about drug-related issues.

6 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

What Ambrose Lee said

'It is uncommon that drug traffickers will penetrate schools to sell drugs' June 13, 2007

'The drug problem exists among primary pupils ... it's alarming' February 25, 2010

27 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Three schoolboys arrested after being found in dazed state at mall

Three teenage boys were arrested for drug possession after being found in a dazed state in a busy Tsuen Wan mall yesterday afternoon.

7 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Changes keep police out of drug testing

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.

4 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

A lenient regime compared to local private institutions

The government's random drug-testing plan for Tai Po schools is similar to schemes used overseas and lenient compared with the long-held drug policies of local private institutions.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am