Bihar government is contemplating to restrict the supply of all medicinal drugs with have alcohol contents. In principal it has been decided to completely restrict its supply in Bihar in view of the huge recovery of banned cough syrups like 'Corex' from bordering Araria district couple of days back. It was found that hordes of youngsters, especially boys from various districts of Bihar India, who have been fast falling for the cough syrups like Corex and Phensedyl to get their 'high' following the total prohibition of all types of liquor in the state with effect from April 5.
The state chief secretary Anjani K Singh said that this matter was discussed at length at the recent review meeting with CM Nitish Kumar in Purnia. Corex taken in extremely high quantities cause to short term memory loss, sleeplessness, tremors and spasms. Muscular pains and dehydration are other common side-effects.
Last month the union health ministry had taken a significant decision to ban around 350 fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs that were widely available in the market till now. All these drugs that contain codeine which cause lethal damage to the brain. The health ministry has already approved the ban order with immediate effect from March 11 this year.
"We will also put a total restriction of the supply of such drugs which have high content of alcohol in the state. Anybody engaged in such activities would not be spared at any cost", Singh told TOI over phone. Most of these medicines are in the analgesics, anti-depressant and psychotic condition segment.
Way back in 2013, in an attempt to control the black marketing of Phensidyl- a cough syrup in state, Bihar drug controller had issued a letter to the drug stockiest about its restricted purchase.
According to the Narcotics control bureau inputs, Govind Mitra Road, Khazanchi Road is the den of such black marketing. "Normally one bottle is priced at Rs 60 but the dealer black market it at Rs 150 to Rs 300," said a police official.
Ganja and cough syrups are the most popular among the alternative arrangements easily available to the addicts. Recently, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had seized a huge consignment of cough syrup vials in Rohtas district. It was to be transported to different parts of the state in the wake of liquor ban.
Following the raid, 60kg of ganja was found from two vehicles which were coming from Chhattisgarh while heroin was also seized from near Gandhi Maidan, recently. If the Special Task Force (STF) personnel are to be believed, they have inputs that a huge amount of marijuana and heroin have been smuggled into the state from Nepal and Assam to meet the demand.
NCB has constituted special teams to keep a close watch on the misuse of such medicines as well as the import of ganja and cough syrups.