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Seizures of potentially deadly blotter tabs rising

Seizures of potentially deadly blotter tabs rising

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says there has been a sharp increase in seizures of potent LSD mimics and other analogue drugs on blotter tabs.

Customs has intercepted more than 16,700 such tabs in the past 18 months, up from just 11 for the whole of 2011.

“These tabs don’t contain drugs such as LSD any more, but much more dangerous and unpredictable synthetic LSD mimics such as NBOMe, or mimics of other drugs such as amphetamines.

“Recent hospitalisations in Christchurch and deaths overseas show how easy it is to overdose on these drugs, which have high potency levels.

“I’m very pleased at the huge effort Customs is making to stop these harmful blotter tabs from crossing the border,” Ms Wagner says.

The penalty under the Psychoactive Substances Act for importing LSD mimics, such as NBOMe, is a maximum of two years imprisonment. Importing LSD has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

“The consequences for importing these and other drugs are dire, so my advice to people chancing their liberty on these substances is to think again, because you will be caught and dealt with,” Ms Wagner says.

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