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The Chinese Heroin TradeCross-Border Drug Trafficking in Southeast Asia and Beyond$
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Ko-lin Chin and Sheldon X. Zhang

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479895403

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479895403.001.0001

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Drug Treatment with a Chinese Characteristic

Drug Treatment with a Chinese Characteristic

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The Chinese Heroin Trade

Ko-lin Chin

NYU Press

This chapter examines the issues of drug addiction and rehabilitation in China. It explores some of the factors contributing to the rise of addiction in China; discusses how drug users in China are normally treated in compulsory or voluntary drug treatment centers; and explains how repeat drug abusers are often sent to labor education camps for one to three years. It also evaluates the effectiveness of these three treatment regimes and examines some of the new treatment models made available to drug users in China. It is shown that most of the drug abuse problems in China involve opiates, predominantly heroin. While the rates of illicit drug use and associated adverse consequences have continued to escalate across many areas in China, options for effective treatment have remained largely unchanged.

Keywords:   drug use, drug abuse, drug addiction, Chinese drug addicts, drug rehabilitation, China, labor education camps

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