Bill on hallucinogens to be formulated to address glue-sniffing

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – A bill on hallucinogens will be formulated to address glue-sniffing and abuse of psychotropic medicine among teenagers, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said addiction to glue has become a serious social problem which involved children as young as 10 years.

“Hallucinogens, including psychotropic medicine and glue, are not categorised as illegal substances, but you can make them into a concoction and get high on it.

“That actually affects your brain, especially the young people,” she told a media conference after chairing the Cabinet committee meeting on eradication of drugs at Perdana Putra yesterday.

The meeting was also attended by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong and P Waytha Moorthy.

She said the bill was at a drafting stage.

“Punitive and educational aspects, all will be contained (in the draft)… we’re still looking into it,” she said when asked whether the bill would include punishment for offenders.

Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah said the committee also agreed for the relevant laws to be amended to include offence for planting ketum without permission.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail presents the Anti-Drug Campaign leaflet before chairing the Cabinet Committee on the Suppression of Drug Symptom at the Perdana Putra Building yesterday. – BERNAMA