Addicts using parents to get drugs: Police

- GHANASHYAM KHADKA, Myagdi

Feb 10, 2015-

Drug addicts in the district are found to be using their innocent and illiterate parents to acquire prescription drugs, police said.

“We have found that addicts are conning their parents into procuring prescription drugs under various pretexts while the ignorant parents have been helping their children sink deeper into drug addiction,” Superintendent of Police Hira Giri said. He said drug addict students studying in schools are found to have used their parents to purchase drugs, including Diazepam, Clonazepam, Alprazolam and Tramadol, which are basically high dose painkillers administered to patients with conditions resulting in extreme pain.

Meanwhile, Chief District Officer Tek Bahadur KC on Friday asked pharmacists not to sell such drugs. “The pharmacists are warned of harsh consequences if found selling such drugs without a doctor’s prescription,” Giri said.

Pharmacists said the demand for Tramadol, a synthetic opioid used as a painkiller, is high among teenage drug users. They said the drug addicts even abused anti-vomiting/ nausea medicines. Bhim Acharya, who runs a pharmacy next to the District Hospital, said the government should ensure the security of pharmacists as drug addicts even resort to violence. He said he was once physically abused upon his denial to sell the drug.

Police, meanwhile, said the number of substance abusers has risen drastically in the district. Apart from addicts who use prescription drugs, youths are also found using marijuana, hashish and brown sugar.

 

Published: 11-02-2015 09:31

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