Internet opens way to amateur drug-makers

By Balzafire · Aug 11, 2010 · Updated Aug 15, 2010 · ·
  1. Balzafire
    Processing drugs is no longer an activity that only drug lords are capable of as anyone could search for a drug 'recipe'. -NST
    MALAYSIA - Internet services and search engines have certainly made life easier for many of us. At the click of a mouse and, of course, with an Internet service provider, we can learn, read or even see images that we may never have dreamt about.

    Since the advent of the Internet, there have been many discussions and debates on the pros and cons of multimedia. But there is no way we can deny that it has generally changed our lives for the better.

    Recently, the Johor Baru (south) Narcotic Division raided premises in Johor Baru.

    The officers had been tipped-off that a man had turned his house into a mini laboratory to process illegal substances.

    I was told that, of late, even hardcore drug addicts, who previously earned a living as jaga kereta boys, are now manufacturing their own brand of drugs.

    Processing drugs is no longer an activity that only drug lords are capable of.

    Nowadays, any Tom, Dick or Harry can get a recipe to process illegal drugs, such as Ecstasy, just by typing a "how to..." query on a search engine.

    As it was in this particular case. It is learnt that the 35-year-old suspect, who is also a drug addict, said he just typed "how to make Ecstasy" on a search engine, and then followed the step-by-step instructions given.

    The best part was that he only purchased the minimum equipment needed, such as a stove, microwave, a pan and other drug-related paraphernalia, to turn his house into a mini laboratory.

    He made his own blend of drugs at minimal cost, sold it to hardcore addicts and made a huge profit.

    I typed "Ecstasy recipes" on a well-known search engine and what popped up read, "How to make Ecstasy, recipes for manufacture of Ecstasy on the Net. This is the best place to start..."

    Another website explained that Ecstasy is methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It belongs to a household group of drugs called "entactogens", which is a "climate elevator" that produces a relaxed, elated state. It does not lead to hallucinations.

    The site also included testimonials from those who had tried the particular method, with replies such as: "Users describe that the experience is really enjoyable and extremely manageable" and "Ecstasy is not physically addictive".

    If I did not know any better, I would think that Ecstasy was not that bad, after all.

    A police contact told me that mini laboratories were mushrooming in Johor Baru. He attributed this to the fact that knowledge is more accessible nowadays.

    The worrying factor about this trend is that some individuals, who use the Internet as the online guide to manufacture their own drugs, could create a deadly pill.

    Methamphetamine is not an easy compound to produce at home or with materials you can assemble outside a lab as it requires knowledge of organic chemistry.

    One who attempts to cook up a portion of homemade drug invites the risk that he or she might kill someone with their amateur efforts, besides the fact that making and selling the drug are illegal.

    By Jassmine Shadiqe
    Wed, Aug 11, 2010

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  1. Buddha2012
    Thus why all drugs should be legalized, less dangerous and healthier for everyone involved , + less money for drug lords, the mafia, gangs etc... If kids start dying in the next few years because they tried a home made ectasy pill, or other stuff then the goverment is to blame... Even though it's ther persons choice and the government says it's illegal, doesn't stop people from trying things,.

    Interesting post , thanks !
  2. QvonB
    Don't agree with Buddha2012. AT ALL ! Can one imagine the extent of chaos created by legalizing things that have been banned for decades ?! :eek:

    Speaking for the country QvonB resides in, the chaos that appeared with the openings of places that sold undercover RCs was so huge that it was a clear sign of what the world would turn to if illegal substances would become legal overnight, by a law. Just imagine the details and you'll start to reconsider your opinion...

    Internet access does indeed have its negative sides, then again that cannot possibly be ground for legalizing stuff which would only endanger the people even more due to the facility and availability of such substances allowed by law.

    History has taught us that any little thing available for legal purchase will not prevent people from selling it in a new and illegal form. So your quick suggestion is not the means of impoverishing drug lords...
  3. abuseforapie

    Gotta agree, it's a double edged sword here. If The Man decided to legalize drugs, people would binge, and binge, and binge due to the accessibility and 'cleaner, pharm grade product' which, consequently would lead to a disaster. As well as the current legal status which pushing morons to make their own product, which, as we all know can also be disastrous too. Cut material, no chem knowledge, a messup in temperature, wrong chemicals, etc and inability to follow instructions could harm anyone who tries that home made 'product'. Let's hope for the sake of everyone, that anyone who tries to make drugs knows at least somewhat what they're doing and doesn't just read the TEK twice or three times ...

    But surely, if the man legalized drugs they should be controlled. How they would go about doing that I do not know. Can you imagine what would happen if Heroin was on the same shelf as Alcohol? or Cocaine available at supermarkets? LOL. Even still, if the drugs were available by script, people would sell them just like Street Pharms.
  4. Balzafire
    We may find out soon enough.
    Can you imagine if Mexico actually legalizes drugs, as they are considering?
    Shit. They'll have to build a wall to keep Americans from stampeding into Mexico!
  5. Terrapinzflyer
    While I agree that legalization after such a long time of prohibition would likely cause some temporary issues- countries that have decriminalized various drugs have not seen any lasting problems- and on the contrary- have seen an improvement over prohibition. Likewise Americas experiment with alcohol prohibition, and its repeal by the 21st amendment.

    The fact remains people will alter their consciousness, regardless of legality- and prohibition has been shown to do more harm then legalizing in conjunction with harm reduction.
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