Rehabilitation policy for drug addicted offenders in China : current trends, patterns, and practice implications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-204
Journal / PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development
Issue number3
Online published6 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Drug use in China is both associated with criminal behaviour and regarded as social deviance. Drug addicted offenders can either be assigned criminal punishment or compulsory drug treatment, depending on the severity of the crimes they have committed. Compulsory drug treatment is in many ways similar to imprisonment in China. However, both compulsory drug treatment and imprisonment fail to prevent drug relapse. The authorities have implemented methadone maintenance treatment and non-medical social work interventions, although they are still in their infancy. More efforts should be made to deliver post-institutionalization programmes to help ex-inmates stay away from drugs and crime.

Research Area(s)

  • China, compulsory drug treatment, Drug addicted offenders, prison, rehabilitation policy