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Malaysian police warn of new psychoactive substances; users behave like zombies

New substances produce more powerful hallucinations and turn people aggressive, warn police

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 12:05pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 November, 2017, 12:07pm

Malaysia is now faced with the threat of new psychoactive substances (NPS) which give rise to new types of drugs that can produce more dangerous hallucinations as compared to traditional and synthetic drugs.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said so far, out of the 800 NPS used abroad, 27 were detected in the country, and seven have been gazetted under the Poisons Act 1952.

“Most NPS are produced in the form of pills or capsules, and can cause individuals ingesting them to become extraordinarily active, aggressive and behave crazy or like ‘zombies’.

“The NPS threat is spreading rapidly, and one of them is the new Flakka drug which has been circulating on social media recently. Nevertheless, we have not traced any Flakka in the country,” he said during an exclusive interview with Bernama at his office.

According to him, among the NPS materials used to produce drugs which were detected through tests by the Chemistry Department were Mephedrone, Methylone and N-Benzylpiperazine.

Mohmad said the new drugs were believed to be produced by chemists who abused their knowledge by creating a substances which could transform the trend of using traditional and synthetic drugs towards NPS drug addiction.

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