BARGARH: The growing trend of getting addicted to habit-forming drugs (HFD) has caught the attention of the Drugs Inspector (DI) of Bargarh.
With an aim to check the growing incidence of crime in the town with youth resorting to chain snatching and petty thefts to buy their quota of cough syrups, painkillers and tranquillisers, the DI has taken steps to restrict the sale of sedatives and tranquillisers which work as intoxicants for the youths.
Under their influence, youths are found either dozing off or feeling euphoric. They drive at break-neck speed and resort to sadistic activities.
Moreover, chance of getting caught is remote as persons taking HFD do not emit any smell. These sedatives are available over the counter at medicine stores at a premium to boot.
In a letter issued by the Bargarh Drugs Inspector, the medicine stores have been asked to submit their purchase and sale details of cough syrups like Corex, Codistar, Phensedyl, Codokuff, Grilinctus CD, Indikuf besides diazepam tablets, including Alprax, Alzolam, Valium and such other drugs in the first week of every month. Any deviance invites stern action.
Though overall consumption of narcotics has registered a decline, a major shift towards the use of sedatives and tranquillisers among the youth has been noticed.
Even girls are addicted to it and have been reportedly procuring these sedatives without catching the attention of the shopkeepers or other customers.
Taking advantage of the craze for HFD are the medicine stores who have allegedly been selling such drugs with impunity.
Cough syrups contain codeine, a derivative of opium, and nitrozepan properties. Its use could lead to neurological disorders in the long run.