Thousands of tons of hallucinogens, stimulants busted in China

China | 19 Jun 2017 9:08 pm

China has seized 1,753 kilograms of listed new psychoactive substances since October 2015, the National Narcotics Control Commission said today.

Another 10 tons of unlisted NPS and raw materials were also seized, dozens of suspects arrested and eight production labs destroyed, according to the commission.

The UN describes theses as "substances of abuse, either in a pure form or a preparation, that are not controlled by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, but which may pose a public health threat.'' It says the majority are synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists and stimulants followed by classic hallucinogens.

An analogue to hard drugs, NPS contain one or more chemical substances and are considered to have similar or stronger effects in terms of causing excitement, hallucinations, anesthesia among other reactions.

Drug dealers often produce such substances to avoid crackdowns and drug control.

So far, 138 types of such drugs have been listed in China, where the control of NPS has been enforced for years. In 2001, ketamine was the first NPS China added to its national control list, before another more than 10 types were added to a catalogue of narcotic and psychoactive drugs in 2010.-Xinhua/The Standard

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