Date
19 September 2017
Police prepare to destroy illegal drugs in Humen, Guangdong province, recalling a similar event in 1839, when an official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu (right), destroyed large crates of opium in the same town. Photos: voc.com, gb.cri
Police prepare to destroy illegal drugs in Humen, Guangdong province, recalling a similar event in 1839, when an official of the Qing dynasty, Lin Zexu (right), destroyed large crates of opium in the same town. Photos: voc.com, gb.cri

Xi vows crackdown on illegal drugs

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to crack down on drug-related crimes and contain the spread of illegal drugs, Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

Local authorities are required to be aware of the dangers of illicit drugs and take all kinds of legal, administrative, educational, and economic measures to eliminate the scourge, Xi said ahead of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Thursday.

China still faces challenges in drug control, Xi said, adding that governments at all levels should target illegal drugs use, trafficking, planting and manufacturing.

Premier Li Keqiang, who issued an instruction to drug control authorities recently, also underscored the importance of controlling drugs, which he labeled a “common enemy to humanity”.

Li said utmost attention should be given to drug control. He also called for more efforts in education so that youngsters will stay away from drugs as well as practical international cooperation to contain the spread of drugs.

Dongguan, a manufacturing hub teeming with migrant workers, publicly destroyed 100 kilograms of Ketamine, 125 kilograms of methamphetamine and 17 kilograms of heroin in Humen town on Thursday.

Guangdong has topped the list of drug crimes since 2007, according to media reports.

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