Characteristics of Drug Users and Drug Abuse Policy of Hsinchu County in Taiwan: A Mixed Methods Design

Yan-Yi Chang


The proliferation of Narcotics 3 and Narcotics 4 have been more serious than ever. They are easy to obtain and the fines of the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act are too low. With regard to the use of Ketamine, the age of drug addicts in Hsinchu County have dropped, harming numerous students and causing social problems. Thus, relevant solution is needed. This study used mixed methods to analyze the quantitative statistics collected from the “Drug Prevention Course Questionnaire of Hsinchu County Drug Prevention Center” filled out by the Category 3 and 4 drug addicts, and the discussion from the focus group was applied to probe into the legal standards and reasons for drug policy implementation behind the questionnaire. The results of the questionnaire statistics showed that the drug addicts are predominantly males between age 16 and 20 and age 21 and 25, and the most used drug is the Category 3 narcotics Ketamine. Their highest degree was mainly high school or vocational high school, and they are mostly unmarried, live with their families, have a stable job and are supported by families. In addition, most of them took drugs and were first offenders. The discussion of the qualitative focus group discussion showed positive and negative comments on upgrading Category 3 and Category 4 narcotics to Category 2 narcotics. Currently, the courses do not have enforcement power and diversion measures. Specific responsibility and advocacy of drug prevention should be strengthened. The places with high frequency drug use may be appropriately held accountable. In the case of Hsinchu County, the mixed methods of questionnaire and focus group discussion showed that the relevant problems of drug abuse of Category 3 narcotics were also an epitome of national problem which requires the attention of the relevant law enforcement agencies of the Ministry of Justice and central authorities such as Legislative Yuan.

Keywords: Drug Abuser, Drug Prevention Course, Hsinchu County, Mixed Methods, Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act

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