Shanghai’s Elderly Taking Drugs for Mahjong Marathons
A state newspaper has reported that middle aged and elderly residents of Shanghai are turning to drugs to get them through marathon gaming session of mahjong and cards. People are using ketamine, cocaine and methamphetamine to be able to compete for long periods of time.

Authorities have focused their efforts on the young taking drugs but now their focus has turned to the older residents as well. Zheng Yuqing a spokesman for the Shanghai Anti-Drugs Commission commented in the China Daily that there has been a significant increase in cases among the middle age and drug use.

"Most of the older victims, aged between 40 and 60, are unemployed or retired and so have plenty of spare time. They are often not well educated and have little awareness of the harm caused by taking drugs," he said.

The paper also reported that the older residents are staying up all night to play the marathon mahjong and card sessions which is way they are using the drugs. Apparently the drug taking is going on at the card rooms where the elderly are frequenting to get together and play cards.

- 2010-02-11

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