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Illicit drugs destroy innumerable individual lives and undermine our societyKofi Annan The Peoples Republic of China believes that United Nations International Drug Control Program has to immediately attack the problem of drugs on the four fronts the manufacture trafficking and the abuse of illegal drugs and rehabilitation of addicts China is a producer of precursor chemicals The plant Ephedraplant that grows wild in north China can be turned into the precursor chemical ephedrine The Peoples Republic also exports Potassium Permanganate It can be legally exported but is usually exported in bulk by kingpins to cocaine producing countries Potassium Permanganate is a necessary ingredient in the production of cocaine In 1998 300 tons of precursor chemicals were seized in China The production of Methamphetamine is becoming a major problem We produces limited amounts of opium for domestic consumption The Peoples Republic monitors all 28-precursor chemicals listed in the 1988 UN Drug Convention In 1998 there were 540000 people addicted to drugs in China The most common addictions were to heroin opium stimulates and depressants The majority of the problem is with our younger population 80 percent of the addictions occur with those under the age 35 The Peoples Republic operates 600-drug treatment centers nation wide These drug centers work on the cold turkey approach to break their drug habits Illicit drug use was virtually eliminated in the Peoples Republic after a massive campaign launched by the central government in the early 1950s In the early 1980s when the Peoples Republic ended its isolationism and opened up to the outside world drug trafficking and addiction revived The death penalty can be handed down to criminals trafficking 10 grams of heroin and 15 years in jail for those caught with 50 grams of opium The Chinese government has established a Counter Narcotics Bureau in the Ministry of Public Security to aid in anti-drug efforts In February 1998 the government started a major drug education program aimed at
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