The State News Agency Antara reports that the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Bali is warning the public and law enforcement officials of more than 261 new forms of synthetic narcotics – in both powder and liquid forms – that are increasing encountered in Indonesia's illicit drug circles.
The head of prevention for BNN-Bali, Ketut Adi Lisdiani, said:
“In Indonesia we have encountered 261 new narcotic drugs. However, in Bali we have also found two new drugs in the form of ‘japa-japa’ that resembles marijuana and ‘chatinone’ that resembles methamphetamines.”
Lisdiani said among the 261 new narcotics there are 26 new synthetic forms of drugs including: Synthetic Cannabinoids (9), Piperazines (3), Plant-based substances (2), Ketamine (2) and a miscellaneous unnamed type (1).
BNN officials are concerned that these new forms of drugs will widen the penetration of illicit drug use among the younger generation in Indonesia.
Ketut Adi underlined the role of the family and parents as the first line of defense against the use of narcotics by young people and monitoring their relationships within the community.
The BNN official called on the public to report suspicions on the use of drugs within their surrounding communities.
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