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A whopping 48% of inmates in local prisons are there for some reason related to drugs — says the gov’t … which continues to spout rhetoric but has yet to begin any sort of modern drug law reform polices.
Instead, a law was passed recently requiring hotels or any other establishment to report on people they suspect of drug use … or face huge fines.
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Synthetic drug abuse on the rise in Taiwan: FDA
“In 2000, cases related to abuse of synthetic cathinones such as mephedrone, methylone, ethylone and chloromethcathinone accounted for 0.4 percent of all confirmed drug cases handled by the police, the FDA said. By 2016, however, the figure had increased 35.5 times to 14.2 percent, according to the latest statistics released by the FDA.”
Gov’t Vows To Crackdown
Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), who serves as the chief executive officer of a Cabinet anti-drug task force, noted the government launched a campaign last July to crack down on drug dealers, users and smugglers. He noted that the government has budgeted NT$10 billion (US$331.67 million) for a three-year program, from 2017 to 2020, to deal with drug problems in the hope of effectively reducing drug-related crimes.”