About two decades ago, Malaysia made international news when it was reported that drug users were sniffing cow dung to get high.
Fast forward to 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) revealed that some drug users here consume mushrooms derived from cow faeces for recreational purposes.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director (intelligence/operations) DCP Zainudin Ahmad made the revelation in an interview with Bernama yesterday, 5 April.
He said although the demand for cannabis, meth, and heroin remains high, some users have resorted to taking mushrooms that grow on cow dung.
Zainudin explained that the drugs are mostly in liquid form and mixed into drinks during wild parties and at entertainment outlets.
"The cow dung produces mushrooms and they will be processed. This type of drug will make those taking them hallucinate," said Zainudin
He assured that urine tests conducted on those who take the drug will still turn out positive.
Back in 2002, Malaysia reported cases of 'drugs' derived from cow dung. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, some drug users who couldn't purchase drugs resorted to sniffing fresh cow dung to get high.
"The cow dung emits gases like sulphur, and (drug users) sniff on these gasses to get high," an official from a ministry revealed.
Zainudin did not elaborate on the full process of how the mushrooms derived from cow dung are produced.
Although the usage of the drug is low and not popular in the local market, Zainudin said the police will stay vigilant to monitor its demand
During the one-hour long interview with Bernama, Zainudin also commented on the latest drug trafficking trends during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said drug syndicates were actively using e-hailing, courier, and e-commerce services to carry out their activities.
According to him, from 18 March 2020 until Monday, 5 April 2021, his department has made 156 arrests of deliverypersons and recipients. 40 of which are e-hailing drivers, 100 are courier deliverypersons, and 16 e-commerce deliverypersons.