20th October 2016
Addicts consume "counterfeit drugs" that could result in death
Forensic experts in the police of Dubai and Abu Dhabi revealed the seizure of "counterfeit drugs" belonging to addicts. Tests have shown that they contain no narcotic substance, and that buyers were ripped off.
Experts said to "Emirates Today" newspaper that during the examination of certain narcotic substances, such as "Captagon" it turned out that they are "Panadol" or other tablets containing "Paracetamol" a component used in drugs against colds and completely void of prohibited substance "Amphetamines".
Moreover, they mentioned the seizure of a quantity of heroin but after analysis, it turned out they were simple dietary supplements and normal powder that have nothing to do with heroin drugs.
They added, during the "protection" Forum which was organized recently by the Dubai police, that these samples are conclusive evidence of the seriousness of the substance involved in the manufacture of drugs. Indeed, manufacturers are able to add toxic substances that can lead to dangerous complications for addicts, resulting even in their death. Experts noted that some defendants were acquitted after test results revealed that the quantity of drugs in their possession was free of psychoactive substances; nevertheless, they were shocked by this discovery.
Experts also told the story of a person arrested for possession of two kilograms of heroin which were sent to forensic laboratory for analysis. Tests revealed them to be a powder consisting of dietary supplements, sugary flavors and caffeine. The man was shocked when he realized he had been conned though he was exonerated.
For his part, Al-Sumaiti stressed that though these cases do not happen very often, they reflect the nature of risks arising from blends that go into the composition of drugs. Manufacturers of these poisons are trying as much as possible to increase the weight of the goods at the expense of the rate of concentration of the active ingredient. This is reflected in the manufacturing of heroin, where they produce a lot from a single kilogram of pure substance after adding other components.
In addition, Captain Sulaiman Abdullah Al Naqbi, forensic expert at the Abu Dhabi Police and the United Nations Office, said that the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence of the Abu Dhabi police reviewed during this year samples of seized products that were in possession of some addicts, and it turned out that they are the "Panadol" in the form of "Captagon".
Al-Naqbi mentioned that the Directorate had studied the behavior of drug dealers and discovered some competition between them to add substances affecting the central nervous system. Some of them have even added aphrodisiac, to meet consumer’s needs.
He added that the study focused also on the behavior of addicts and the determination of what is called by “addiction seasons”, which is the time of the year during there is an increase in the abuse of certain types of drugs more than others, or when a particular category consumes specific substances, such as truck drivers who abuse amphetamine stimulant to be able to drive for long periods, as well as students.
After testing, it turned out that products which enter into the composition of these substances and the process of their manufacture pose a serious risk to human health. Tramadol, for example, is a calming prescribed for treatment of specific ailments. It contains 50 milligrams of the active ingredient, but the drug manufacturers will add a rate of up to 250% in order to reach the effect that attracts drug users. But this high rate of the active ingredient could not be tolerated by the body, resulting thus in death or serious diseases. The way these substances are used can also cause various complications, should they not be tolerated by the body.
For her part, Joueli revealed the discovery of toxic substances in some samples received by the laboratory, such as lead, nickel and mercury. Some manufacturers of these substances are also adding aphrodisiac to achieve high volume of sales, noting that regular new narcotics emergence is an ongoing challenge for regulators and stakeholders.