Meth in common substance abuse list

Methamphetamine in powdered form. Picture: Curtis Wildfong

ABOUT 100 of the 500 plus patients admitted at the St Giles Hospital in Suva between May 2017 and April 2018 were linked to substance abuse, says Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho.

Brig-Gen Qiliho said methamphetamine had made it to the list of common substance abuse in the country.

He said this was alarming and should ring a bell for action by the relevant stakeholders.

“In Fiji, according to information gathered on the effects of substance abuse with regards to the admission at the St Giles Hospital, close to 100 of the more than 500 patients admitted between the periods of May 2017 to April 2018, were linked to substance abuse,” he said.

“The most common substance abused according to the health officials are cannabis, methamphetamine, cigarettes, kava and alcohol.”

He said according to the United Nations Office Drugs and Crime’s 2018 World Drug Report, there was a need for the international community to step up its response to cope with the expanding and diversifying range of drugs and drug markets.

“The report further states that the markets of cocaine and methamphetamine are extending beyond their usual regions, while more new psycho-active substances are being synthesised and are available more than ever before,” he added.