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China's young drug addicts number 1.8 million

(China Youth Daily)

16:46, November 14, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.14 (People's Daily Online) --As of the end of this October, the registered number of young drug addicts in China has reached more than 1.7 million. As of Nov. 7, the number has exceeded 1.78 million.

Wang Gang, director of the Office of National Narcotics Control Commission and Ministry of Public Security Bureau of Narcotics Director, said that the young drug addicts referred to indicate the group under the age of 35.

He also said that young people have become a major group in terms of drug consumption in recent years. And they account for more than 87 percent of all drug users.

Wang said that the left-behind teens in rural areas have become a new group that is at risk for drug addiction. As the internet has been a new hotbed for drug activity, when the left-behind children in the rural areas surf on the internet, they are more vulnerable to get drug addiction because of the insufficient supervision and limited knowledge about the drug.

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Drug addiction, like AIDS, has to be dealt with early to isolate those participants from others, and to discourage such activity from those at the margins of susceptibility.

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