26 Aug 2002
Thais Consider Vomit Fix to Stop Drug Abuse
— BANGKOK (Reuters) -
Thailand is considering manufacturing fake speed pills that cause headaches and vomiting to stop people abusing drugs, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Monday.
"I want the public health ministry to talk to psychiatrists and chemists on whether the government should produce drugs that give people headaches and nausea," Thaksin told a drugs seminar.
Sitha Thiwaree, a member of parliament from Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai Party, told the seminar the government should produce fake methamphetamine pills as a deterrent.
"If drug addicts take these fake pills and vomit, they may later feel scared and not want to touch them again," said Sitha, a former jet fighter pilot in the Thai Air Force.
Thailand regards widespread methamphetamine addiction as one of its main social problems. Hundreds of millions of pills are trafficked into the country every year, mostly from Myanmar.