A new form of flavored meth-amphetamine pills are being marketed to children, authorities said yesterday.
The new pills, which are much more potent, are being distributed via Facebook and resemble candy.
“We found that yaba makers are trying to change their product to meet the demands targeted groups,” said Dr Viroj Verachai, director of the Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment.
Yaba labs have increased the potency from 20 per cent up to 90-95 per cent especially for “ice”, or crystal meth, which directly stimulates the nervous system.
Generally, yaba tastes bitter but to lure new customers, sweet flavours have been added such as chocolate, strawberry and milk.”
These flavours help the users take the drug more easily, but it could severely affect their nervous systems,” he said.
About 75 per cent of those enrolled in drug rehabilitation programs were yaba users and 25 per cent were addicted to ice, The Nation reported.