Three more drugs added to danger list

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 November, 2010, 12:00am

The Dangerous Drugs Ordinance will be extended to cover a further three drugs, including one known as 'meow meow' which was first found in the city in June but is known to have claimed the lives of teenagers overseas.

The Legislative Council's security panel was told yesterday that the ordinance would be amended so that the three drugs - derivatives of piperazine, synthetic cannabinoids and cathinone - would be brought under the control of the law.

Undersecretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids, or meow meow, was not so serious but this substance was becoming more popular in Hong Kong. 'The proposed amendment could help deter the trend of using it,' Lai said.

Anyone convicted of the manufacture or illicit control of any of the three drugs could face a maximum fine of HK$5 million and life imprisonment if the amendment is adopted.

According to the Department of Health, the derivatives of cathinone act as central nervous system stimulants, and could cause euphoria, elevated moods, memory problems and erratic behaviour.