SINGAPORE — Nights carefully planned through quickly deleted chats on the Telegram messaging app and hosted in hotel rooms with close circles of friends, or spontaneous get-togethers in people’s homes, often in private estates. These were the places where underground drug activity took place, a former user told The Sunday Times.
Adam (not his real name), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “People think drugs are very hard to get in Singapore, but actually before the pandemic they were everywhere, and even now, there are people selling it.”
Parties were often hosted by children from wealthy families, including expatriates. They are young and loaded – slang for rich and also for being under the influence of drugs.
There would be alcohol and music at the events, while some would retreat to a corner to use drugs.
Most of the people at the parties Adam attended were under 30.
He went through periods where he was at one every weekend, some staying in expensive hotels and condominiums and others in Housing Council flats.
Some of these parties were organized entirely around drugs, in which all the revelers participated; others involved alcohol and other activities with only a few people using drugs.
At one such party in 2019 in Fajar Road, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested seven teenagers – aged between 13 and 18.
Some of these drug parties have ended in tragedy.
In 2018, a 19-year-old medical student at the National University of Singapore died after taking 25B-NBOMe, a new psychoactive substance that is a modified version of lysergic acid diethylamide, more commonly known as LSD or acid. .
He had attended a “trip” party, a term used to describe getting high. A polytechnic student who organized the unlawful gathering was later charged.
Medicines are not cheap. During the pandemic, the price of MDMA, a psychoactive drug commonly known as ecstasy or molly, rose from $50 a pill to $80 a pill.
Other drugs such as ketamine went from $130 to $200 per gram, from $80 to $100 per gram.