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The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) informed that the Government would soon be introducing a blanket law which would allow for any new illicit drugs entering the market to be gazetted as unlawful with ease.

Chairman of the NDDCB, Prof. Ravindra Fernando said that the changes to the legal aspects were being made to the Poisons, Opium, and Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, which would thence be submitted to the Cabinet for approval. The process is scheduled to take some time, he added.

According to Prof. Fernando newer psychoactive substances were coming into the market every month thanks to manufacturers. These include drugs in the amphetamine family where the molecular structure would be changed to allow for the addition of different molecules.

Following the arrest of two women from the Elakanda area in Wattala, for the possession of 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine also known as ice, with a reported street value of Rs 2 million, the Department of Excise is presently investigating into the racket and ring operating under the guise of trading in textiles, which smuggled the drug into the country from Chennai, India, through drug mules.