SINGAPORE: Thirteen new psychoactive substances (NPS) will be listed as Class A controlled drugs from Wednesday June 1, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) announced on Tuesday.
NPS are substances that produce the same or similar effects as controlled drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine or heroin.
Following the listing of the 13 NPS as Class A controlled drugs, it will be an offense to traffic, manufacture, import, export, possess or use these substances.
Anyone convicted of trafficking Class A controlled drugs faces a minimum of five years in prison and five strokes of the cane. They will also face increased penalties if they repeat the offense or sell to young or vulnerable people, CNB said.
“CNB will also be empowered to subject NPS abusers to surveillance, commit them to a drug rehabilitation center for treatment and rehabilitation, or charge them in court.”
The complete list of new psychoactive substances is available on the CNB website.
The bureau noted a “rapid increase” in the number, types, and availability of NPS around the world. A report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in January 2022 identified at least 1,124 NPS by the end of 2021.
“Many of these NPS have been reported in foreign journals as having no legitimate medical use. Their abuse has been linked to adverse physical and psychological reactions, including paranoia, seizures, hallucinations, and even death,” a declared CNB.
“A significant proportion of NPS reported overseas are currently monitored by the MDA.”