Apprehending misuse of habit-forming drugs during the assembly elections, district-level and sub-divisional committees will check chemist shops on a daily basis.
VK Bhawra, ADGP, intelligence, exhorted chemists that drugs that carry risk of habit-forming should not be sold without prescription. He was speaking during a meeting held on directions of the state chief electoral officer on the issue.
Hussan Lal, secretary, health, and commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Punjab, directed the chemist association to that sellers must keep their inventory record updated. He also directed drug control officers to submit a daily action-taken report.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of the FDA, police, excise department and the narcotics control bureau, besides drug regulatory officers and representatives of the Punjab Chemist Association.
Lal informed that any information, suggestions or complaints pertaining to unethical trade of habit-forming drugs can be shared on toll-free helpline number 104. Ishwar Singh, director of the state narcotics control bureau, also shared a helpline number: 181.