Police officers in Huizhou, Guangdong province confiscated over 1,700 kilograms of Special K on Wednesday in a bust that led to the arrest of 53 drug dealers and the shuttering of three illegal production factories.
Look at all those drugs…
Ketamine is the most popular among recreational drugs taken in southern China, considered the mecca of global ketamine consumption and production. Starting with a KTV room in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Vice’s Robert Foyle Hunwick follows the scene extensively in his 2013 article “The Great K-Hole of China“.
[…] on the mainland, the K-fen culture can appear wildly out of step with a country known for its societal fear of drugs, doting parental oversight and authoritarian governance. But even as some of those aspects are changing in China—and despite the argument by some Chinese that their country is far too complicated for foreigners to understand—the drug’s runaway success here isn’t very mysterious.
“Compared to methamphetamine and heroin, K is rather cheap,” explains Officer Wang, a senior member of the Public Security Bureau in Dongguan, the gigantic manufacturing city in Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong. (Wang is a pseudonym, as police officers are not authorized to speak to the media.) “The general public is unaware of the dangers of K,” he says. “Many believe this drug isn’t addictive, and have the misunderstanding that it’s not harmful to your health.” But, he added, “[K] is capable of… not only harming our social moral fabric but even destroying society together.”