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Important figures of HK that you need to know

Important figures of HK that you need to know

Drug Abuse Population

According to the Central Registry of Drug Abuse 64th Report in 2014, there were 8 926 reported drug abusers in HK. About 49% of reported drug abusers were never married, 34% married or cohabiting, 16% divorced or separated and the remaining 1% widowed. Males and females had similar distribution of marital status.

Nevertheless, the Registry has no data on the number of children under the care of substance abuse parents or carers.

Cases of children suffering from their parents’/carers’ drug abusive behavior in the past 3 years in HK.

Frequency and locality of abusing drugs

Median monthly frequency of abusing drugs in 2014 by common type of drugs abused

Common type of drugs abused Median monthly frequency of abusing drugs
Heroin 60
Triazolam / Midazolam / Zopiclone 56
Cough medicine 30
Methamphetamine 15
Ketamine 13
Cocaine 9
Cannabis 9

Locality of abusing drugs of reported drug abusers in 2013 and 2014 by age group

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Economic Activity Status

46% of all reported drug abusers were unemployed.

Yet, their monthly expenditure on drugs was high. Reported abusers of heroin had the highest monthly expenditure of an average of HK$9,000. Those taking psychotropic substances such as triazolam/midazolam/zopiclone, methamphetamine, cocaine, cough medicine and ketamine spent an average of HK$3,000, HK$3,000, HK$2,570, HK$1,800 and HK$1,700 respectively while the corresponding figure for cannabis abusers was HK$860.

Median monthly expenditure of abusing drugs in 2014 by common type of drugs abused

Common type of drugs abused Median monthly expenditure of abusing drugs (HK$)
Heroin 9,000
Triazolam / Midazolam / Zopiclone 3,000
Methamphetamine 3,000
Cocaine 2,570
Cough medicine 1,800
Ketamine 1,700
Cannabis 860

Criminal record

About three quarters (76%) of reported drug abusers in 2014 had criminal record, including drug-related offences (38%), non-drug-related offences (9%), and both drug-related and other offences (28%).

 

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