South Africa’s Growing Synthetic Drug Market: Researcher Reveals Shocking Findings

Johannesburg, South Africa – A recent international report has highlighted the significant role that South Africa plays in the global production, trafficking, and consumption of synthetic drugs. According to researcher Jason Eligh of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC), there has been a noticeable increase in the production and use of synthetic drugs worldwide.

Eligh’s report, titled “Global Synthetic Drug Markets: The Present and Future,” sheds light on the growing trade in synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamine, mandrax, and ecstasy. These drugs are commonly manufactured in clandestine laboratories using various chemicals, contributing to the expansion of the illicit drug market on a global scale.

The report emphasizes the evolution of the synthetic drug market in recent years, pointing to South Africa as a key player in this underground economy. Not only does the country serve as a transit route for traffickers, but it also boasts a thriving consumer market for synthetic drugs.

As the demand for these substances continues to rise, it is essential for South Africans to be aware of the implications of the synthetic drug trade on their communities. The report underlines the importance of staying informed and vigilant in order to combat the spread of illicit drugs and protect the well-being of individuals across the country.

With the increasing prevalence of synthetic drugs in South Africa and beyond, it is crucial for law enforcement agencies and policymakers to address this growing threat. By addressing the root causes of drug production and trafficking, it is possible to prevent further harm to society and safeguard the health and safety of the population.