Scientists play key role in fight against drug abuse

Ms Angeline Tang examining a drug exhibit at the Illicit Drugs Laboratory. Every day, about 50 laboratory staff decode the chemical make-up of seized drugs that they receive from CNB.
Ms Angeline Tang examining a drug exhibit at the Illicit Drugs Laboratory. Every day, about 50 laboratory staff decode the chemical make-up of seized drugs that they receive from CNB.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

Lab compiles data on seized drugs even as new substances quickly enter the market

While officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) bust doors to arrest drug traffickers, scientist Angeline Tang, 30, combats the drug scourge molecule by molecule.

Her role at the Illicit Drugs Laboratory (IDL) under the Health Sciences Authority is to analyse seized drugs and report her findings to CNB.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2019, with the headline 'Scientists play key role in fight against drug abuse'. Print Edition | Subscribe