Party organizers in Delhi have figured out a novel way to cope with the drug shortage caused by demonetization: opium edibles. According to government agencies, the supply of drugs to India has been postponed because demonetization has left dealers and clients short of cash.
As one source explains, “To cope with the situation, the organizers (of parties) who have ordered raw opium and other high-end drugs are likely to opt for fusion of drugs with edibles.” “This way the quantity of drugs will increase and the organizers will be able to satisfy more customers by advertising the drug as a fusion mix.”
A color resemblance allows peddlers to combine the two products apart from the fact that both contain sugar and gum. They can sell the resulting product for Rs 60,000, or 1 lakh a kilogram. "Usually, to increase the weight of opium, suppliers combine it with chocolate malt drink mixes," said a source. "The color resemblance and some similar ingredients are helpful."
The drug is usually smoked, but can also be eaten, added to drinks, or injected. Sources say most youngsters in India consume it in powder form. Drug dealers usually sell it as a powder, or as a sticky solid. Opium is usually smoked, because it hits the brain quicker.
Investigation agencies in the National Capital Region (NCR) say this is not the first time that drug users are experimenting with fusion of high-end drugs and edibles. Sources say youngsters frequently want to try something new and fresh concoctions often debut near the end of the year when drug supply and consumption go up.
Note: Never, ever inject opium.
Photo: Chandradeep Kumar
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