The UN report has banned China on its production of new kinds of synthetic drugs, but trade taking place at a faster rate. In Hong Kong, these drugs smuggled and sold lucratively.
The Hong Kong police showcased their captured 95kg of cocaine with a street value of more than $13m, the city’s largest confiscation of cocaine in a single police case since 2013.
A professor at the University of Hong Kong, Karen Joe-Laidler, studying the city’s drug trends said, “over the past 20 years there has been a dramatic shift in the types of drugs that people use, it is not just cocaine now flooding the market, the marketplace for drugs in Hong Kong is much more diverse now.”
China is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of chemicals needed to make medicinal and recreational drugs. However, there are so many highly addictive synthetic drugs that hit US states like Florida.
Some of the drugs are flakka, fentanyl (an anesthesia drug that is being mixed with heroin to increase its potency and is potentially lethal), ecstasy, methylone, and GHB.
The European Union’s latest drug market report says that China has now become the fastest-growing wholesaler of new synthetic drugs in Europe.
Although the Chinese government has banned these drugs, but the problem lies domestically, and law enforcement agencies are seriously struggling to shut them down to be banned internationally.