Banned drug found for the first time
The strong tranquilliser flualprazolam is being widely used in the four southernmost provinces of Thailand, officials say.
It's the first time the drug has been found in Thailand.
Dr Supakit Sirilak of the Department of Medical Sciences said on Wednesday that Regional Medical Sciences Centre 12 had analysed nimetazepam pills, or Erimin 5, listed as a psychotropic substance.
The officials found flualprazolam in the nimetazepam pills. Flualprazolam is a tranquiliser that eases anxiety and is used to treat panic and insomnia.
Nimetazepam 5mg, sold under the name Erimin 5, is banned in Thailand. However, reports said the drug has been widely used in the four southernmost provinces, especially in Narathiwat. The other three provinces are Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.
Dr Supakit added that other substances may have been mixed with nimetazepam to avoid prosecution.
Dr Supakit said flualprazolam effects will begin within 10-30 minutes and last 6-14 hours.
- analyse: to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it - วิเคราะห์, ศึกษา, ตรวจสอบ
- anxiety: an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future - ความวิตกกังวล
- banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้าม
- effect: a change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else; a result - ผลกระทบ
- insomnia: the condition of being unable to sleep - อาการนอนไม่หลับ
- panic: a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly - ความตื่นตกใจ
- prosecution: the process of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them - การดำเนินคดีตามกฎหมาย
- psychotropic: relating to drugs or substances that affect a person’s mental state -
- substance: a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas - สาร
- tranquiliser (noun): a drug used to reduce anxiety - ยาสงบประสาทหลัก