Hyderabad: Noticing a spike in demand for habit-forming drugs in the city and in the wake of an intense crackdown on drug cartels dealing in marijuana and banned tobacco products in the State, the police along with the Drug Control Administration (DCA) are now focusing on stricter enforcement of drug laws.
In recent days, the officials were alerted about the increased price of Nitravet tablets in the city and its shortage in the black market owing to high demand. A classified Schedule H drug, which is supposed to be sold only on prescription by a registered medical practitioner, Nitravet is increasingly finding its way to substance abusers.
This apart, there are also several drugs including cough syrups, injections, whiteners and other substances used by drug addicts regularly. Studies in various hospitals have found that people who have a history of drug and alcohol abuse are most likely to develop addiction to these drugs. Following this, the Cyberabad Police met senior DCA officials and discussed what was to be done to control sale of such drugs.
“It was discussed to create awareness among medical store owners, sales representatives, distributors and companies on the need to strictly monitor distribution and sale of such drugs. Similarly, a coordinated effort by the DCA and the police will be made for effective enforcement to curb illegal sales,” a senior official said.
The police also found that the drugs were smuggled into the city from Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh to meet the rising demand in recent times. The DCA provided the police with a list of tablets that substance abusers were using to get high here. Police have found students and IT professionals also sourcing these drugs.
“Based on the list, we are collecting information and planning action. Previously, several gangs involved in the illegal sale of such tablets, syrups and injections were tracked down and nabbed,” an official with the Hyderabad Commissioner’s Task Force said.
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