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SHANGHAI (AP) — Officially, China doesn’t have an opioid problem like the United States. But largely out of sight of the government, addicts exist.
A government survey taken in 2016 shows just 11,132 cases of medical drug abuse were reported in a population of nearly 1.4 billion. But even the Chinese government admits it doesn’t know the full scope of opioid addiction in the country.
The government’s count of addicts is voluntary and drawn from a small sample of institutions including law enforcement, drug rehabilitation centers and some hospitals. One government agency acknowledged that the lack of data limits its ability to get an accurate count adding: “the nature of medical drug abuse in the population cannot be confirmed.”
Read more: “This drug is addictive,” Wu said. “One hundred percent addictive… Do you know how f—— much I don’t want to take drugs?” he said. “My mouth says don’t take it, but my body is more honest and figures out a way to get it.”