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68 new narcotics found in 2017: BNN

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Jakarta | Wed, December 27, 2017 | 07:47 pm
68 new narcotics found in 2017: BNN National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso (right) holds a package of sabu-sabu (crystal methamphetamine) at Merdeka Square in Medan, North Sumatra. Drugs seized during police operations, including 191 kilograms of crystal meth, 43,000 ecstasy pills and 500 kilograms of marijuana, were destroyed during the occasion on Oct. 19. (The Jakarta Post/Apriadi Gunawan)

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said on Wednesday that 68 new kinds of drugs categorized as new psychoactive substances (NPS) had entered and were being circulated in Indonesia throughout the year.

"We have found 68 new kinds of drugs from [around] 800 new drugs around the world in 2017," BNN chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso said.

In the 2017 World Drug Report, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recorded the emergence of 739 different NPS in 106 states and territories around the world.

The NPS, according to the UNODC, referred to substances that had recently become available on the market and did not necessarily refer to new inventions since several NPS were first synthesized 40 years ago.

Yet, Budi refused to detail the 68 new drugs, saying "Don't ask me [the details] about those new narcotics because [I'm afraid that] people are going to make a fuss about it and even use them."

Earlier this year, a new form of synthetic marijuana called "gorilla tobacco" was in the spotlight following several raids in Jakarta. Gorilla tobacco, which contains synthetic cannabinoids, is believed to have increased in popularity among drug users this year. (ami/ipa)


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