BANGKOK, 11 April 2012 – Acting Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Anusorn Iamsa-ard said the Cabinet has acknowledged the issuance of two ministerial announcements made by the Ministry of Public Health to deal with pseudoephedrine abuse.
Mr. Anusorn said the two Public Health Ministry announcements have been issued to keep the use of pseudoephedrine under control. The first one states that the chemical has now been recognized as the second type of psychotropic substances and shall not be sold, contributed or imported by any means.
Possession of pseudoephedrine-containing medication at any health services or chemists is now prohibited and the medicines shall be returned to manufacturers or importers accordingly. Under the second announcement, any individuals or organizations found to have been in possession of psychotropic substances of Types 1 and 2, will be prosecuted according to law.
They could face a jail term of 1-5 years and a fine of 20,000-100,000 baht if less than 5 grams of pseudoephedrine were found. However, any amount higher than that could send an owner to a jail term of 5-20 years and a maximum fine of 400,000 baht.
Mr. Anusorn added that the Public Health Ministry has coordinated with enforcement authorities in investigating and tracking down those involved in the recent smuggling of pseudoephedrine out of the national drug system.
(NNT : NUPPOL SUVANSOMBUT)