SINGAPORE - Ice and the rising number of Chinese drug abusers were among the points of concern when the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) released its mid-year drug situation report on Monday.
Statistics showed that for the first six months of this year, new methamphetamine - or Ice - abusers made up almost 60 per cent of all new abusers arrested.
While this proportion is largely unchanged compared with the same period last year, the total number of abusers arrested for Ice has gone up - from 519 in the first six months of last year, to 564 in the same period this year.
Meanwhile, 22.5kg of Ice was seized between January and June this year, a sharp increase from 9.5kg in the first half of last year. Most of it was meant for overseas markets.
Ice, Singapore's second-most abused drug after heroin, is a well-known party drug said to be popular with youngsters.
"It is a lifestyle drug, the kind used commonly in nightclubs - that's a reflection of growing affluence," said Mr Edwin Tong, deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law.
"Many of the abusers are young people too, so it is a trend we have to arrest because once you start young, it is harder to break the abuse."
The alarming Ice statistics coincide with continuing concerns over the proportion of young drug abusers here.