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Before and after the recent “largest-ever” bust of ketamine by the ROC Coast Guard on March 9, 2017 … the debate over “K” has raged. As a ‘schedule three’ drug, users are not subject to the same penalties as those caught with other banned narcotics such as MDMA or marijuana, but some lawmakers want to reschedule the drug as ‘class two,’ allowing for harsher sentences. Others say education and looking at successful anti-drug programs in other nations is a better route than locking people up. But, as ketamine has been found of late everywhere from high schools to military bases, the pressure is mounting for some sort of response. In light of all his, here are some links about “K” … let us know on Facebook what you think should or shouldn’t be done about the “K-pidemic.


Coast Guard Makes Record Drug Haul

“The Coast Guard seized 846 kilograms of ketamine with a street value of NT$400 million … the biggest drug haul in its history. The drugs, packed in 30 bags labeled as animal feed, were found on two boats off the coast of Taitung…”


Kaohsiung Navy Sailors Busted in Nightclub with ‘K’

“Fresh charges of illegal drug use within the armed forces surfaced Saturday, with two sailors allegedly caught taking ketamine in a Kaohsiung nightclub. The pair, surnamed Lee and Huang, were arrested during a 2 a.m. raid by police on a nightclub in the port city” (on Sunday morning, March 12, 2017)


“K” Use in Kaohsiung Schools on the Rise: City Councilor (from 2015) 

“Last year, some 900 students in Kaohsiung were referred to the police for drug use, city councilor Chen Tsui-luan (陳粹鑾) said.”


Local Scholars On What To Do About “K” Problem

“According to the present law, possession of (over 20 grams of) Ketamine shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years and fine; but if possession of Ketamine less than 20 grams, the punishment will be the same with the offenses of drug abuse, shall be fined for not less than NT$10,000 but not more than NT$50,000 … and force to join the study of drug hazard and control for not less than four hours but not more than eight hours.”

(NOTE: The English in this PDF may not be perfect, but it does have some interesting facts)

MOJ Mulls Tougher Anti-Drug Efforts

“(One lawmaker noted that ) … just increasing the punishments will not stop the drug problem. We have to treat the root cause of illegal drugs and deal with drug abuse by considering all the contributing factors.”


BUT – Vice Interviews Doctor Who LOVES “K” … for Medical Purposes, Of Course:

“Why Ketamine is the Best Drug on Earth”


More Local Scholars Weigh In 

“Ketamine use among young people in Taiwan has increased in recent years. Believing ketamine users to be a threat to social order and harsh punishment to be a deterrent, some legislators have called for upgrading ketamine use to a more serious criminal offense. These calls have been repeatedly rebuffed by the advisory council which sets drug policy, suggesting that the perceived problem does not correlate to the actual one. In this commentary … I demonstrate that moral panic – in the ketamine case at least – is shaped by the legacy of authoritarianism.”


And Finally: This May Not Be The Best Way to Kickstart Your Work Day 

“…The latest bust of instant beverage powder shipments, inspectors found ketamine, mephedrone, and 6-methoxy Methylone concealed in regular coffee bags.”