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Illicit Drugs From Overseas on Rise, China Says

By Cui Xiankang and Tang Ziyi / Jun 18, 2019 03:22 PM / Society & Culture

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

There’s one area the trade war doesn’t seem to be hurting — illegal drug imports.

Despite reporting reduced production of homegrown illegal drugs, China is warning of a rapid rise in such imports from overseas.

Anti-narcotics police seized 37% fewer illegal domestically produced drugs year-on-year in 2018, said a report by the China National Narcotics Control Commission. Police handled a total of 412 domestic drug production cases last year, down by 30.8%.

But increased wealth has made China an attractive market for overseas drug sellers. China seized 17.6% more illicit drugs from the Golden Triangle last year compared to the year before. The report also cited a 3.4% rise in cocaine seizures originating from South America compared to the year before.

Related: In Depth: Does China Have a Prescription Opioid Problem?

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