Police to invoke Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances Act
Srinagar, Apr 23: Police on Saturday said that it would invoke - Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act- to eradicate the “menace” of prescribed drug abuse in Kashmir.
“We are planning to use strict law like Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985. It’s non bailable. There is no suspension, no remission or commutation in any sentence of the accused under this law,” said the DIG Central Kashmir Range, Abdul Gani Mir while speaking at a symposium titled “Misuse of Prescribed Drugs,” here.
“It’s the first time we will make its widespread use as the situation is worse. It’s the only way to stop the menace and save our future generations. The fight against the drug addiction has become a priority for the police,” he added.
“Nearly 80 percent of drug abusers use opiates, cough syrup, stimulants and codeine formation as a source of drug,” the DIG said. “The main sources of drug suppliers are stockists, druggists, distributors, retailers and medical representatives.”
The DIG said the addicts get their dose of medicines from chemists who sell them without prescriptions. “There is a need of a proper maintenance of register of sale and purchase of prescriptions,” he added.
“The accidents rate has also increased due to addiction. We have investigated many accident cases where we found sumo drivers and car drivers had taken drugs before they went on to travel,” he added.
The SSP Srinagar, Syed Ashiq Bukhari said at least 1395 persons were arrested in Srinagar while 80 persons were booked under PSA during the summer unrest of 2010. “Out of them 70 per cent of the accused were drug addicts. Otherwise how people will pelt stones or kick bullet proof vehicles,” he questioned. During the symposium, the chemists and druggists also put forth their suggestions and observations. A representative while quoting examples alleged police was “hand in glove” with the drug sellers. “Instead of rounding up culprits they detain a person who informs them about the accused,” he alleged. A representative of Jammu Kashmir Chemists and Drugs Association highlighted the role of doctors. “They have to sell a particular drug as they get commissions from the medical companies. So they prescribe the particular sedative to every patient to get the stocks utilized,” he alleged.
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