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Drop in methamphetamine pill prices triggers rise in users in Phuket

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A decrease in the cost of methamphetamine pills in Phuket has led to a rise in the number of people using the drug, according to the Phuket Administrative Chief Officer. Speaking to The Phuket Express, Somprach Prabsongkram says while no new narcotics have been seized in the province recently, there has been a rise in the number of people using methamphetamine pills, commonly known as “yaba”.

“No new designer illegal drugs were found and seized in Phuket recently. However, methamphetamine prices in Phuket have decreased overall. This has caused the number of methamphetamine users to increase.”

According to Somprach, more crystal methamphetamine, aka “ice” is also being seized on the island as narcotics officers work to quash the drug trade.

“Meanwhile, crystal methamphetamine is being found by law enforcement on a more consistent basis and seized this month. Officers are strictly preventing the transfer of illegal drugs to the island as well as suppressing drug sellers and users.”

According to the report, Somprach did not address the question of why the price of methamphetamine pills is falling, despite the cost of many other items, such as fuel and food, rising as a result of inflation.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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