Meth in Hong Kong by Special Delivery
A recent massive crackdown on China’s ‘Breaking Bad’ province, Guangdong, closed its meth labs and crippled the meth supply to Hong Kong. In response, new suppliers have attempted to smuggle the drug into the country by mail.
Hong Kong, like most major cities, has wrestled with implementing effective ways to contain the spread of meth use and meth addiction. In light of recent crackdowns, suppliers are finding new ways to get the drug onto the island. Meth is now arriving in Hong Kong by special delivery. The creative efforts of these determined dealers underscore the demand for the drug, which further highlights the urgency for methamphetamine addiction treatment in Hong Kong.
At The Cabin Hong Kong we offer a flexible outpatient programme to treat meth addiction. Our programme can be tailored to fit any schedule and our certified counsellors provide confidential, holistic and effective support for meth addiction.
Hong Kong’s New Trend for Smuggling Ice
For years, Hong Kong was known as a place where you could easily score cheap meth. It’s mainland neighbour, Guangdong, supplied the island with a steady stream of ice, speed, crank and bingdu – some of the many names for the drug methamphetamine. The province was known as China’s ‘Breaking Bad’, due to the large number of private citizens who had become meth manufacturers in recent years. That all changed in 2014 when the Chinese government implemented a massive crackdown. Within two years, most of Guangdong’s meth labs were shut down.
These efforts altered the supply chain to Hong Kong and doubled the street price but did little to quell the island’s appetite for ice. Resourceful dealers have acquired new suppliers across Asia and Africa. New methods are also being employed and Hong Kong’s International cargo terminal has seized record quantities of meth, sent in parcels via airmail, earlier this year.
Seven parcels from Benin, Cameroon, Malaysia and Nigeria had 8kg of hidden ice found inside. Heightened inspection of inbound parcels found meth hidden in baby carriers from Laos and 5kg was found in plastic bottles labelled ‘seasoning sauce’ sent from Malaysia. Authorities have also made arrests of individuals who come to pick up the packages. “It is obviously a new trend in smuggling the drug Ice,” a law enforcement source said. This new trend raises a red flag that meth clearly remains a problem in Hong Kong today.
Meth is Extremely Potent… and Deadly
Meth is a dangerous drug that continues to claim lives around the world. Also known as crystal meth, or ice, the names refer to the white crystalline shape of the drug. It is three times as strong as cocaine with a high that can last up to 12 hours. As a powerful stimulant, a meth addiction can take hold after just one use so it is crucial that users get help as soon as possible. Over time it systematically takes its toll on the body and mind in deadly form.
The Dangers of Meth Use and Addiction
Meth is a powerful stimulant created from a combination of cold medicine ingredients and toxic chemicals. It can be smoked, injected, snorted or eaten. The drug targets multiple areas of the brain to create an intense yet damaging high. Over time it can mar a person’s appearance, lessens their ability to live a meaningful life and destroys relationships. Chronic meth abuse can have a permanent impact on a person’s health, even after quitting.
The short-term effects of meth addiction can include:
- Elevated body temperature and blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate and irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
The long-term effects of meth addiction can include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Cracked and dry skin
- Open sores
- Heart disease
- Brain damage
- Weakened immune system
- Parkinson’s Disease
An overdose can potentially result in:
- Brain haemorrhage
- Lung collapse
The Legal Dangers of Meth in Hong Kong
Methamphetamine is regulated under Schedule 1 of Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. It can only be used legally by health professionals and for university research purposes. Illegal drug use is regarded as a narcotics offense and punishable based on action. BOTH a prison sentence and fine are issued for each of the following offenses:
- Up to 15 years’ imprisonment
- Up to HK $100,000 fine
Trafficking or Manufacturing Meth:
- Life imprisonment
- HK $5,000,000 fine
Possessing or Using Meth:
- 7 years’ imprisonment
- HK $1,000,000 fine
Why the Cabin Hong Kong is the Best Choice for Meth Addiction Treatment
The Cabin Hong Kong is part of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, widely recognised for being at the forefront of addiction treatment. Our Western-trained counsellors have decades of combined experience treating addiction of all types.
Our outpatient centre is one of the most cost-effective options for meth addiction treatment. In some cases, treatment may be covered by your personal insurance plan. Our outpatient treatment programme is designed to last approximately six months, beginning with one personal and two to three group counselling sessions per week. Depending on how well each individual is responding to treatment, the number of sessions may be decreased over time at the counsellor’s discretion.
Sessions can be scheduled outside of regular working hours. This helps those with tight schedules find time for the treatment they require whilst maintaining their family and work responsibilities.
The Cabin Chiang Mai offers inpatient treatment, ideally suited for those who are not able to manage their addiction within the context of their regular environment. Inpatient addiction treatment at a residential rehab facility allows the individual to focus completely on their recovery in an environment free from the stress and triggers inherent in their daily life.
Whether you need outpatient or inpatient treatment, The Cabin Hong Kong can help you or someone you love break free from the power of meth addiction. Contact us today and one of our trained professionals will guide you through the options available that best fit your needs.