Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The number of cases involving females and young students abusing ketamine, a third-grade contraband drug, saw a huge increase in 2012, according to a government survey released on Thursday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said a total of 901 cases of ketamine abuse were reported by health institutions nationwide last year, up roughly 45 times from the numbers recorded in 2002, with young people aged between 18 and 23 making up 20 percent of the cases.
Although males still account for a majority of the cases involving the abuse of controlled drugs in Taiwan, the male-to-female ratio has changed from 3.3:1 in 2011 to 3:1 in 2012, indicating a rise in the number of female drug addicts, the administration noted.
An FDA survey showed that drug dealers usually sell these controlled substances at clubs or karaoke clubs, which young people are more likely to visit during the summer.
According to local media reports, ketamine is being increasingly used on Taiwanese school campuses, undermining the health of many young students.
The Ministry of Justice noted that ketamine has accounted for the biggest share of annual drug arrests for seven consecutive years.
(By Jeffrey Wu)