Number of teenage drug offenders on the decline in Taiwan: CIB

In a press release, the CIB said there was a 27.95 percent annual decline in the number of such arrests made in 2018, which was 6,886, compared with 9,558 the previous year and 9,583 in 2016, as National Policy Agency (NPA) data showed. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) – The number of teenagers arrested for drug offenses has been dropping over the past three years, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said on June 5.

In a press release, the CIB said there was a 27.95 percent annual decline in the number of such arrests made in 2018, which was 6,886, compared with 9,558 the previous year and 9,583 in 2016, as National Policy Agency (NPA) data showed.

The drop in teenage drug offenses can be attributed to the efforts of the ministries of education and justice to raise awareness in schools of the dangers of drug abuse, according to the CIB.

As part of those efforts, the NPA last Saturday kicked off an anti-drug campaign with a series of online educational videos and more random spot checks in places frequented by teenagers, at the start of the summer break, the bureau said.

The NPA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, requires that school authorities report cases of drug use and addition, as part of the government’s efforts to crack down on upstream drug dealers and reduce drug use among teenage students, the bureau noted.

By Flor Wang and Huang Li-yun