Commonly Abused Drugs in Singapore


Marijuana, Pot, Grass, Joints, Ganja, Hashish, Weed

Cannabis comes from the hemp plant. It can come in various forms – ‘loose’ cannabis leaves, compressed blocks, corn cob-shaped, oil, etc.

It contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which affect one’s mood – causing euphoria, and also anxiety, disorientation or paranoia.

Cannabis can affect concentration and memory which weakens the abuser’s ability to learn.

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White, Smack, Junk, Powder, Putih, Medicine, Ubat

Heroin is a powerful and very addictive drug that comes in granular, powder or solution form. Heroin No. 4 is white in colour while Heroin No. 3 is more yellowish.

Heroin abusers feel dull and tired very easily. They cannot work properly as they are not able to concentrate.

"Chasing the Dragon", a common method of abuse used by Heroin abusers here, involves heating the Heroin powder and sniffing the fumes through a rolled note.

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'Ice', Glass, Crystal, Speed, 'Quartz', 'Ice Cream', 'Hirropon', 'Ya ba', Shabu or Syabu.

Methamphetamine in its crystallised form is known as methamphetamine hydrochloride. It usually comes in the form of a colourless and odourless crystal that resembles glass fragments or shiny blue-white "rocks" of various sizes. This explains why it is more commonly known as 'Ice' in Singapore.

Methamphetamine also comes in tablet form. In this form, it is also known as 'Crazy Horse Pill' or 'Ya ba'. Most of the 'Ya ba' tablets found in Singapore are embossed with the 'WY' logo and are green or orange in colour.

Methamphetamine is highly addictive and is a strong stimulant. It has a very strong effect on the central nervous system.

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News & Events

Four Arrested and Drugs Worth More Than $28,000 Seized in CNB Operation on 23 May 2018

24 May 2018

Photo-1 (CNB): Cannabis, ‘Ice’, ‘Ecstasy’ tablets, Erimin-5 tablets and cash seized in CNB operation on 23 May 2018.

138 Arrested in CNB 11-Day Island-Wide Operation

18 May 2018

Photo-1 (CNB): Cannabis, ‘Ice’ and heroin seized from within a residential unit in Yishun Avenue 6 on 15 May 2018.

Misuse of Drugs Act

30 Apr 2018

CNB Community Roadshow

Bedok Town Square (7 & 8 April), 11am to 7pm

Event Start Date: 07 Apr 2018

Event End Date: 08 Apr 2018

Dance Works 2017

Event Start Date: 29 Jul 2017

Event End Date: 30 Jul 2017

Anti-Drug Ambassador Activity 2017 - Anti-Drug Montage Competition

Event Start Date: 10 Jul 2017

Event End Date: 29 Sep 2017


Drug Buster Academy

All Programmes

Interior of Drug Buster Academy Bus

The Drug Buster Academy (DBA) is Central Narcotics Bureau’s (CNB) newest mobile Preventive Drug Education (PDE) outreach platform to youths aged 10 to 18. Designed to provide a hi-tech and futuristic learning experience for youths, visitors will go through a learning experience on the dangers and consequences of drugs and inhalant abuse. At the end of the learning experience, visitors will graduate as ‘Drug Busters’ to help keep Singapore drug-free.

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