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Yaba

YabaSCIENTIFIC TERM:

Yaba is a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine.

STREET NAMES:

Crazy Medicine, Hitler’s Drug

EFFECTS:

The drug is claimed to create an intense hallucinogenic effect and can keep users awake for days on end, although some users have reported that the only visuals come as a result of sleep deprivation after binge sessions.

DRUG  FORM AND METHOD OF USE:

The drug usually comes in pill form (often red/orange, sometimes green) and with its potent mix of visuals and intense highs, drug experts predict that it may soon become popular on the UK club scene.  Although Yaba is still very rare in the UK, drug experts report that the UK is being targeted by Yaba producers from the 'Golden Triangle' - the drug producing areas which straddle the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos.

HEALTH  RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Addictive and/or habit-forming. Regular use of the drug has been linked to lung and kidney disorders, hallucinations and paranoia. A frequent hallucination is 'speed bugs' or crank bugs' where users believe that bugs are crawling under their skin and go loopy trying to get them out. In Thailand, the number of students entering rehab to deal with Yaba addiction has risen by nearly 1,000% in the past two years (source: Observer 17.10.99) Those coming off the drug are also susceptible to severe depression and suicidal urges.

LAW:

Yaba is a type of amphetamine (speed). Speed is a Class B drug - illegal to have, give away or sell. Prepared for injection Speed becomes a Class A and can get you tougher sentencing if you're caught with it or selling it. Posession can get you up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine. Supplying someone else with it can get you up to 14 years and an unlimited fine.

  1. The story goes that Yaba was originally developed by the Nazis to keep their troops awake for days on end.
  2. Yaba is popular in the Far East and beyond.
  3. There are claims that Yaba is now bigger than heroin in Thailand .
  4. Yaba is a derivative of synthetic amphetamines such as speed. But it can be manufactured far more quickly and easily using very simple ingredients and equipment.
  5. Yaba is also known as the madness drug.
  6. Yaba tablets are a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine.
  7. They were used by Thai truckers to keep awake.
  8. Yaba is a popular party drug.
  9. Yaba is the Thai word for crazy medicine.
  10. Yaba is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with longer lasting effects than those of cocaine
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