Misuse of New Psychoactive Substances Becomes a Global Challenge – Ayob Khan

Misuse of New Psychoactive Substances Becomes a Global Challenge – Ayob Khan

KUALA LUMPUR: Besides cybercrime, the increasing availability of new psychoactive substances (NPS) through the internet also raises concerns due to its serious impact on social and economic development.

This cross-border issue requires strong cooperation among law enforcement agencies at the global level, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

“The rapid growth of information technology has unfortunately increased cybercrime activities and the misuse of NPS globally. The increased use of digital devices, encryption methods, and anonymous services poses complex technical challenges for law enforcement agencies.

“The transboundary nature of these crimes makes it difficult for law enforcement agencies to pursue legal action due to jurisdictional limitations. Therefore, cooperation among law enforcement agencies from various countries is crucial in addressing this challenge,” he said.

He made these remarks in his speech after officiating the Cybercrime and Substance Abuse Seminar held in conjunction with Defense Services Asia (DSA) and National Security (NATSEC) Asia 2024 here today.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), NPS has become a global phenomenon, with 141 countries and territories from all regions of the world reporting one or more NPS.

As of November 2023, a total of 1,230 substances have been reported to the UNODC Early Warning Advisory (EWA) on NPS by governments, laboratories, and partner organizations.

NPS available on the market have similar effects to internationally controlled substances such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin, LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), or methamphetamine.

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