Taiwan's Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse Picture


The nation of Taiwan has been flourishing economically with a large amount of high-tech industry since the late 1980's and 1990's and maintains the nineteenth largest economy in the world. Taiwan is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, health care, public education, economic freedom, and human development. The Taiwanese have had universal suffrage since the mid 1980's and are now politically a multi-party democracy.

However, with modernization came modern problems and drug abuse is one of them. In the first half of 2012, the Republic of China's Interior Ministry reported that Taiwan had over 21,000 violations of their Drug Abuse Prevention Act. Law enforcement officials seized 2,338 kilograms of illegal drugs and detained 22,459 suspects from January to June 2012. However, this is an improvement over the previous year's statistics. The number of cases and the number of illegal drug seizures actually declined by four percent in 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

On a more gruesome note, the People's Republic of China executed three Taiwanese for smuggling ketamine into China. The executions occurred on June 26, 2012, the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Drug trafficking is a capital offense in China.

Beijing and Taipei had signed an agreement in 2009 to cooperate on combating cross-Strait crimes and by early 2012, police had jointly busted 10 drug rings operating across the Taiwan Strait and arrested 110 suspects, including 39 Taiwanese.

Drugs of Abuse in Taiwan


The top drug of abuse in Taiwan is heroin, which is by far the most popular drug, according to the Food and Drug Administration. It was the substance abused in nearly two-thirds of all cases handled by authorities in 2012, the sixth straight year that heroin was reported as the most abused drug in Taiwan.

After heroin, amphetamines accounted for a third of substance abuse cases in Taiwan, followed by the veterinary anesthetic ketamine, which was involved in 5 percent of cases. This was followed by the fourth most abused drug, Zolpidem, known under the brand name Ambien, used for insomnia, and Ecstasy rounded out the top five.

Ketamine, an anesthetic is not the top drug abused in Taiwan, but it is a severe problem on the island. Clubbers abuse ketamine and ecstasy together causing harsh physical damage. With so many youth starting down the hazardous road to drug abuse, Taiwan definitely needs effective drug rehab programs.

Drug Rehabilitation Desperately Needed

In a modern, economically flourishing country such as Taiwan, as in other countries of the world, people who have fallen into abusing any drugs desperately need to get back on their feet. Effective and safe drug rehabilitation is sometimes difficult to find. In mainland China, there are compulsory programs that incarcerate drug abusers, subject them to hard labor and let them try to get over their drug addictions in isolation. On the other hand, effective and humane drug treatment programs exist and are available to help a person who wants to recover from his drug abuse problem.

Narconon Taiwan Aids Drug Abusers with Effective Treatment

Narconon Taiwan

In Taiwan, the New Life Education Center offers the full Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for the people of Taiwan and nearby countries. Established in the Ji-An Township, this center provides recovering drug users with a highly effective and caring, comprehensive program to help them fully regain lasting sobriety. Whether recovering from abuse of ecstasy, ketamine or heroin, drug users can recover here in comfort, knowing that they will be well cared for during whatever time it takes them to recover.

The eight-step Narconon program used here generally takes from three to five months to complete and includes aspects to help the recovering user address both the physical and mental or emotional facets of drug abuse. First are steps to help the person recover from the physical effects of drugs, including a reasonably tolerable withdrawal period followed by the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. Once free of the residual effects of drugs, most users say they have far fewer cravings for more drugs. Some even report no more cravings after this step. The person is also usually able to think more clearly and many people have reported that they have a renewed optimism for the future.

Live Without Drugs

These steps are followed by several courses which can help him learn tools he can use to live drug-free. On some of the courses, the student recovering at Narconon has the opportunity to learn tools to repair the damage he may have done to relationships while he was using drugs. He also can learn a modern common-sense, moral code to help guide his future decisions. He graduates the Narconon program only when he is confident that he can maintain a drug-free life.

The Narconon program is so effective that the large majority of its graduates maintain lasting sobriety for at least two years following completing the program.

Give us a call to find out more about Narconon in Taiwan.


  • "FDA announces top five drugs abused in Taiwan this year," Taipei Times, December 16, 2012. Found online in: http://www.havocscope.com/top-five-drugs-abused-in-taiwan-in-2012/
  • China Executes Three Taiwanese for Drug Trafficking, in ZeeNews, June 26, 2012, Available online at: http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/china-executes-3-taiwanese-for-drug-trafficking_783966.html.
  • Drug Violations in Taiwan in First Half of 2012, in Havocscope. Available online at: http://www.havocscope.com/drug-violations-in-taiwan-in-first-half-of-2012/

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