Justice Ministry seeking to remove ‘ya ba’ from ‘most-dangerous drugs’ list

Governments are now changing tack and trying to find ways to “co-exist” with drugs
Asian Correspondent
Friday, June 17, 2016

Thailand's Justice Ministry is looking into a proposal to exclude ‘ya ba’, or pills containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine, from the list of narcotics and to instead treat it as a normal drug in order to encourage drug addicts to seek help. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said years of fighting against drugs and drug abuse, the world had yet to see any large strides towards victory, and the number of drug addicts is only increasing. He called for Thailand to overhaul its narcotics laws. (See also: Yes to drug policy mend | Time we shook off meth's criminal stigma)