The new drug detoxification system in China: a misused tool for drug rehabilitation

Li, Enshen (2014) The new drug detoxification system in China: a misused tool for drug rehabilitation. East Asia Law Review, 9 2: 168-212.

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Author Li, Enshen
Title The new drug detoxification system in China: a misused tool for drug rehabilitation
Journal name East Asia Law Review
ISSN 1943-8249
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 168
End page 212
Total pages 45
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher The University of Pennsylvania
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Since 2008, China has established a new drug detoxification system to supersede the old mechanism that relied on administrative custodial measures for drug treatment. The new system introduces a three-tiered mechanism of voluntary, community and coercive drug detoxification, which aims at the physical, psychological and social aspects of drug-dependence treatment of addicts. However, although the new drug detoxification system seems to serve as a scientific and human-centered drug treatment tool, its practices appear to be rather different from the official rationales. Through three case studies in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Kunming, this article focuses on the legal deficiencies, theoretical inconsistencies and practical problems of this freshly-established system. This article also focuses on the uniqueness of the social conditions upon which the three detoxification programs are implemented. The article thus uncovers the genuine intention of the Chinese authorities in hastily introducing this system lies in the government’s endeavor to ensure the maintenance of social order and public safety. As such, the new drug detoxification system functions primarily as a risk-control measure, rather than a rehabilitative instrument, administering actuarial justice by identifying, classifying and managing drug addicts.
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