The Customs Anti Narcotics Unit has found itself dealing with what it sees as the new phenomena of synthetic drugs in the country.
The drug enforcement unit has described the situation as very worrying.
In its 2018 report, CANU said it was required to conduct several investigations in schools in Regions 3 and 4 as it relates to the sale and use of ecstasy.
“This situation certainly is very disturbing and while there was some level of intervention by the various stakeholders in providing educational and counselling sessions for teachers, students and parents, much more needs to be done to arrest this situation”, the Unit noted.
Last year, CANU seized 532.8 grams of ecstasy and the drug enforcement body has launched a media campaign warning persons against using ecstasy. The campaign is targeting high school children and young adults.
According to CANU’s 2018 report, most of the synthetic drugs in Guyana are coming through the ports shared with Guyana’s Eastern neighbour, Suriname.
CANU is working with its international counterparts to address the troubling problem.