Barbados has recorded its first case of methamphetamine (meth) use.
The public is being warned to avoid the drug at all costs, as it poses a threat to health and could lead to death.
Barbados Minister of Home Affairs and Information, Wilfred Abrahams, described meth on the island as a “serious situation” that is of great concern to the authorities.
This was disclosed during a press briefing at the Ministry’s Wildey, St. Michael conference room last Friday.
The Minister said, meth is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
It takes the form of a white odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or in alcohol.
He stated that meth acts like a stimulant, and even in small doses, could increase wakefulness, physical activity, and can decreased appetite. In addition, the drug is also known to cause cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police in The Barbados Police Service, Anthony Warner said “while there were “some challenges with border security.”
“The BPS was doing its best to identify the sources, the routes and trends that people would employ to get the drugs into the country.”