Drugs: KZN gets new measures

2008-10-28 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal will get its own Chemical Monitoring Programme unit that will clamp down on the manufacture of illicit drugs like sugars and tik.

The programme was launched at the Chemical Precursor Conference at Durban’s Edward Hotel.

Hundreds of delegates, including experts from the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, are attending the four-day conference, which tackles issues like drug trafficking, methamphetamine production and illicit drug production.

Head of the specialised unit, Inspector Prakash Sokaloo, said the unit will deal with legal chemicals that are utilised by “unscrupulous” drug dealers to manufacture illicit drugs.

He said that ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are just some of the popular chemicals used to make drugs like tik and sugars.

He said the launch of the programme was significant as illegal drug laboratories were emerging all over the province.

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