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Nagaland Police advise on sale, purchase, transport, use of restricted/prescription drugs

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DIMAPUR, MARCH 30: In its continued operation “War on Drugs”, Nagaland Police has advised the public not to sell, purchase or transport or use restricted/prescription drugs without advice from medical practitioner.
It also warned Pharamacists and chemists and advised that prescription drugs should not be sold without medical advice as the same is a contravention of NDPS Act and other legal provision which may result in not only criminal action but also cancellation of the licences.
Any information about persons involved in drugs trafficking or traffickers may be shared with Nagaland Police through its social media handles or by email or to any senior officers in the Department. The name or photos or phone numbers act of traffickers can be shared with police. The identity of informer will be safeguarded, it added.
Stating that the operation conducted by Nagaland Police is intended to fight the menace of drugs abuse, it requested the Pharmacist/Medical community to join in this fight to eradicate drug menace from the society.
It further clarified that there is no intention to disrupt any legally conducted business activity by pharmacies in Nagaland. However, since prescription drugs are often misused and abused as psychotropic substances and such activities are violation of NDPS Act, it requested pharmacies to be careful in conducting their business and ensure that drugs are not sold without prescription.
The Police action is solely intended to check drug abuse and not hinder any business activity, it further stated.
The Nagaland Police advisory comes in the wake of the one and half day strike imposed by the Nagaland Medical Dealers Association (NMDA) on March 28 and 29 following the arrest of one of its members.
However, Nagaland Police said that based on non-bailable warrant of arrest and search warrant obtained from the Court, Zunheboto Police carried out a search and arrest operation at Mahadev Pharma in Dimapur on March 27 last, which the Zunheboto police had identified as the source of the drugs after interrogation of the accused persons in relation with Aghunato Police Station case.
After the search operation on the identified premises, the alleged accused identified asManoj Barman, son of Harinder Barman was arrested and the premises (Shop & Godown) in Dimapur were sealed to preserve the evidence.
Further, in connection of Akuluto PS C/NO. 03/23 during further course of investigation SOT Zunheboto again seized suspected Brown Sugar 11.63 (approx) Grams, from the possession of Viloto Muru, present address: ‘B’ Khel Colony, Satakha Town, who was also arrested on March 23 last.
According to Vekhrolo Koza, Addl. SP and RO, DEF, Zunheboto, as per continued operation “War on Drugs” on March 23, based on a intelligence input, conducted house raid at Inavi Colony, Aghunato Town, and seized 730 numbers of suspected Spasmo Proxyvon Capsules, 17 numbers of Cough Syrup and arrested 3 persons identified as Atoka Achumi (45), son of KavitoAchumi; Atoba Kiho (38), son of Laheto and Nito Achumi (38), son of Ahokhe and registered three separate cases. None of the arrested persons were found to have any License/permit to sell the restricted medicines or any medical prescription for its usage.
According to police, Spasmo-proxyvon (containing paracetamol (acetaminophen), dextropropoxyphene and dicyclomine (dicycloverine) and Condine Syrup are placed under Schedule H &H1 Drug. Schedule H is a class of prescription drugs in India appearing as an appendix to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. These are drugs which cannot be purchased over the counter without the prescription of qualified doctor. The manufacture and sale of all drugs are covered under the drugs and Cosmetic Act and Rules. This schedule contains a list of drugs that can be sold only against the prescription of a registered medical practitioner. Only the required quantities of medications motioned in the prescription can be dispensed be the pharmacies and not more. These drugs can be supplied only to licensed parties.
It further stated that Spasmo-Proxyvon and Codeine are among some of the medicinal drugs continuously being abused by drug-users in Nagaland and misuse of these pharmaceutical drugs is being done rampantly and these medicines are being misused as psychotropic substance for the purpose of intoxication and therefore Government has covered these medicines (Spasmo-Proxyvon tablets and Codeine (Cough Syrup) under the definition of Psychotropic substances, the illegal possession thereof amount to offence under the NDPS Act.
Police said during the investigation, it was revealed that the Spasmo Proxyvon Capsule and Codeine (Cough Syrup) bottles were sourced from a person in Dimapur who apparently ran a pharmacy and sold restricted drugs. Since the arrested persons were found to be carrying the prescribed drugs without any prescription by a doctor or a medical petitioner, there was reason to believe that the scheduled prescription drugs were being sold illegally in contravention of provision of law including the NDPS Act, it added.
The Zunheboto Police further stated that non-bailable warrant of arrest and search warrant were obtained from the court and a search and arrest operation was carried out at Mahadev Pharma at Dimapur, which the Zunheboto Police had identified as the source of the drugs after interrogation of the accused persons.
After the search operation on the identified premises, the alleged accused identified as Manoj Barman, son of Harinder Barman was arrested on March 27 at Dimapur and the searched premises (Shop & Godown) at Dimapur, were sealed to preserve the evidence.
Further investigation is being pursued to unveil the nexus in the instant case of drugs smuggling and obtaining further information about the origin and stocks of the scheduled drugs, the police said.
(Page News Service)