President Xi Jinping has called for more comprehensive and coordinated efforts to combat drugs, vowing that there will be “no rest until a sweeping victory”.
Xi was meeting people who were being honored Thursday for their outstanding contributions to the antidrug cause, Xinhua reported.
He thanked police, workers and volunteers, expressing his respect for them.
Premier Li Keqiang also attended the meeting, held on the eve of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on Friday.
“Drugs are a menace for society and a significant issue concerning public security,” Xi said.
“They severely harm health, corrupt will, destroy families, consume wealth, poison society, pollute the social environment and lead to other crimes.”
The president emphasized that there was a “very arduous” task ahead.
He urged all departments to tackle the problem and carry out more effective and resolute measures.
Xi stressed that the campaign mattered to China’s great rejuvenation, a major theme of his presidency.
Antidrug awareness should be promoted among people from a younger age, and education about and the prevention of drug-related offenses should be given greater attention, Xi said.
China had 2.95 million registered drug addicts at the end of last year, but the number who have used narcotics is thought to exceed 14 million, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday.
That means one out of 100 Chinese may have used drugs, Liu Yuejin, assistant minister of public security, said.
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