Gov’t adds 10 more substances in anti-drug law

The Macau SAR government announced today (Friday) that it wants to add 10 more substances subject to control, including narcotics and psychotropic substances and others used in the manufacture of drugs.

At a press conference, Macau executive council spokesman, André Cheong, explained that this addendum to the anti-drug law aims to update the tables to be in agreement with international organizations, such as the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

In 2019, the UN classified “12 substances as substances subject to international control, 10 of which are not yet subject to the current Drug Law”, Cheong said.

The official also explained that of the 10 substances, seven are narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and the other three are used to manufacture drugs.

At the same conference, Judicial Police chief technical officer Iao Leng said that among the precursors used for drug making are elements that can be used to make drugs like ketamine or ICE methanphetamines.

In total, 314 items may be included, once the Legislative Assembly appreciates the inclusion of these 10 new substances.