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Drug abusers on the rise

NUMBER OF DRUG ABUSERS ARRESTED:

2013: 3,581

2012: 3,507

2011: 3,326

2010: 2,887

NUMBER OF REPEAT ABUSERS:

2013: 2,471

2012: 2,415

2011: 2,198

2010: 1,560

THREE MOST COMMONLY ABUSED DRUGS IN 2013

Number of abusers

Heroin: 2,062

Methamphetamine: 1,231

Cannabis: 186

THREE MOST COMMONLY ABUSED DRUGS IN 2012

Number of abusers

Heroin: 2,239

Methamphetamine: 1,022

Cannabis: 142

THREE MOST COMMONLY ABUSED DRUGS IN 2011

Number of abusers

Heroin: 1,924

Methamphetamine: 1,157

Cannabis: 127

ABOUT THE LONG-TERM (LT) IMPRISONMENT REGIME

Introduced in 1998, it is reserved for recalcitrant drug abusers.

First- and second-time abusers will undergo a regime in drug rehabilitation centres.

Those arrested the third time or more will face the LT regime.

They will be sentenced to between five and seven years' jail. Men will be given three to six strokes of the cane.

Those who relapse after undergoing this programme will be sentenced to a more severe LT regime.

They will be jailed for between seven and 13 years and the men will receive six to 12 strokes of the cane.

From 2012 to this year, about 3,000 LT offenders have been released.