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Drive launched to fight drug problem
By Zhang Feng/Zheng Caixiong (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-14 06:06

A national campaign has been launched on the Chinese mainland to prevent so-called "new types of drugs" from harming people who visit places of entertainment.

A police officer displays the drugs confiscated from dealers in Daoxian county, Hunan Province, August 26, 2005. [newsphoto]
Many measures will be stressed in the campaign, which runs from September to November, to contain the rapid spreading of the new drugs, said a statement by the Ministry of Public Security.

The ministry is one of six departments under the central government that have jointly launched the campaign.

In recent years, the problem of the selling and usage of these new types of drugs, such as "ice" and ecstasy, is increasingly evident in many entertainment venues, said the statement.

Many criminals sell drugs to customers, especially youngsters, in places like disco halls, bars, and other singing and dancing venues.

Moreover, many owners of these places try to shelter people who sell or take drugs for the sake of profit, added the statement.

Widespread public education activities, including general information publicity and training for entertainment venue staff members, will be carried out to raise people's awareness of drugs.

Culture management and public security authorities at various levels will gradually develop a system which can record the illegal activities going on in entertainment venues, and give warnings to the operators.
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