Dutch gangs fuel LSD comeback
12 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — The psychedelic drug LSD appears to be making a comeback, in Germany at least, and drugs gangs based in the Netherlands are to largely to blame, according to new reports.
12 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — The psychedelic drug LSD appears to be making a comeback, in Germany at least, and drugs gangs based in the Netherlands are to largely to blame, according to new reports.
Eclipsed in recent years by the "rave" drug ecstasy, LSD has been falling in popularity since its heyday in the 1960s when songwriters like the Beatles and Bob Dylan used it to get it touch with their muse.
Newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Wednesday that German police and customs officers were increasing detecting LSD in regions bordering the Netherlands.
The drug is being offered in tablet form with logos to young people as a cheap alternative to ecstasy.
LSD is not addictive but can have dangerous side-effects and in extreme cases can lead to psychotic episodes
Seizures of LSD in Germany have risen dramatically this year. In the first half of 2002, police stopped 2,000 LSD hauls from the Netherlands, while in the first six months of this year the figure has jumped to 25,000.
The Dutch synthetic drugs police unit confirmed on Wednesday that Dutch-based drugs producers are increasing exporting LSD to other countries.
"Over the last few months we have been indicating that large-scale smuggling of LSD is taking place in the Netherlands," a spokesman told news agency ANP. The drugs unit said it is difficult to pinpoint the reason for the shift from ecstasy to LSD production in the Netherlands. One factor may be that tighter controls have been placed on the basic chemicals used to make ecstasy.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news