At a recent conference in Guangzhou the Ministry of Public Security, the same nebulous folks who brought you the guailo green card announced that August till December would be the season of the National Drugs Are Bad Especially In Clubs campaign. In trying to catch up with the 2 decades of abusing neurons with ecstasy at raves in the west, the Chinese club and bar scene has now over-compensated with ready-mixed combination pills of your favourite horse tranquiliser.
“New types of illegal drugs have been especially seen in entertainment places,” Yang Fengrui, director of the Anti-Drug Bureau of the ministry, said recently.
New drugs, such as ecstasy, Ketamine and “ice” (methamphetamine), have posed great challenges to China, together with traditional drugs like heroin, opium and marijuana.
Statistics from the ministry of show more than 1.05 million drug users were registered by law enforcement bodies by the end of 2003, while 214 counties each have registered more than 1,000 addicts.