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Urgent warning - dangerous drugs



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URGENT WARNING - DANGEROUS DRUGS

Statement by the Minister for Customs and Excise, the Honourable D.L. Chipp, M.P.

The Minister for Customs and Excise, Mr. Chipp, has announced that a particularly dangerous narcotic drug is at present circulating in Sydney.

Officers of the Commonwealth Bureau of Narcotics seized in Kings Cross today about 2\ ozs of crude morphine in block form. It is understood some of this drug had been crushed, mixed with a non injectable glucose prepĀ­ aration and encased in gelatine capsules,

Investigations by Bureau officers suggest that significant quantities of the drug in this form are being illicitly sold to addicts in the Sydney, area at approximately $30.00 per capsuleĀ»

Medical authorities have advised that persons injecting the preparation in this form are likely to suffer extremely adverse effects and strongly warn against its use.

The Minister made an urgent plea for information from any person who might be able to assist the Bureau in its efforts to recover this extremely dangerous substance.

All information communicated to the Bureau will be treated in the strictest confidence. The telephone number of the Bureau in Sydney is - 278918.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

27 September 1972