The Chinese capital offered a special anti-drug training program
to one hundred and twenty owners and managers of entertainment
venues in the city on Tuesday, local public security bureau
All the owners and managers of the 1,200 entertainment venues in
Beijing are required to take part in the program in the coming 15
days, said Chen Qiang, director of the anti-drug department of
Beijing Public Security Bureau.
The move is designed to ensure that the entertainment venues and
all the public areas would be drug free, thus to creat a good
environment for a safe 2008 Olympic Games, he said.
The police will help the owners and managers raise their
awareness of the bad effects of new drugs like methamphetamine,
ecstasy and cocaine, and teach them how to recognize the new
Chen said more people are taking new drugs in the city, although
they have little knowledge about their harm. Over 270 users of new
drugs have been arrested between January and August this year, he
The business of entertainment venues would be suspended for
three to six months if drugs were found there, according to the
Beijing has registered more than 20,000 drug users.
(Xinhua News Agency August 30, 2006)