Tougher sentencing guidelines for ketamine and Ecstasy were imposed in the Court of Appeal after research revealed the extent of their abuse.
The Narcotics Bureau said there had been a steep rise in seizures of ketamine - from 296kg in 2005 to 1,006kg in 2006. The situation for Ecstasy was similar. In 2005, 47,694 tablets were seized, rising to 104,296 tablets a year later.7 Jun 2008 - 12:00am
The Court of First Instance yesterday jailed two people arrested in a police sting last year involving Ecstasy pills. Bui Thi-muoi, a 35-year-old Vietnamese woman, and Choi Chi-lok, a 27-year-old Hong Kong man, earlier pleaded guilty to a joint charge of trafficking in a dangerous drug.25 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Rise indicates it has come back into fashion with young users, customs says
Customs officers last year seized six times more Ecstasy tablets than in 2005 as the party drug came back into fashion.
There were also steep rises in seizures of heroin and cocaine.14 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
A coroner asked the government yesterday to step up anti-drug campaigning in schools, highlighting the hidden risk of using multiple party drugs.
William Lam Kui-po made the call as he entered a verdict of death by misadventure in the case of a 13-year-old girl who died after a drug overdose last July.9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Regardless of the views of Hong Kong's party-going youths, drugs are considered harmful by society. That is why laws are in place banning their use and imposing penalties for those found with them in their possession.9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
The nephew of movie mogul Charles Heung Wah-keung was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre yesterday after pleading guilty in Eastern Court to drug possession.
Benson Heung Chin-wan, 23, said the ketamine, Ice, Ecstasy and sleeping pills found during police searches in North Point in April and Tsim Sha Tsui in May were for his own use.1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
KETAMINE: a pre-medication for anaesthesia. It can cause hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, unstable emotions and irregular heartbeat, and impair balance and muscle co-ordination. Used over several months, it can damage brain cells, reduce concentration and impair memory.28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
The dangers of party drugs such as Ice and Ecstasy are well known - using them could cause death or brain damage. Yet that message is clearly not being given to Hong Kong's youngsters, who are turning to these sorts of stimulants in increasing numbers.
With school summer holidays here and the party season in full swing, the problem is expected to worsen.8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am
Updated at 7.11pm: A 32-year-old man involved in the record seizure of cocaine in Hong Kong was sentenced to 16 years' jail, the High Court heard on Monday.
The seizure, worth about $35 million, was the largest of its kind in the territory.
The man was convicted of trafficking in dangerous drugs on Monday.30 May 2005 - 12:00am