Surge in abusers of new psychoactive substances

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A surge in the number of abusers of new psychoactive substances (NPS) drove up the overall arrest rate for drug abusers here last year. A total of 343 NPS abusers were nabbed, compared with just one the year before, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said yesterday in its annual report. NPS overtook heroin as the third most commonly abused drug among first-time abusers and, similarly, overtook cannabis as the third most commonly abused drug among all users.

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