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Drug addict at rehab slits wrists after being denied extra detox dose

punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2016 22:04 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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An addict on Wednesday slit his wrists at the Swami Vivekanand Drug De-addiction Centre here demanding additional dose of detox medicine.

Akshay Kumar, 30, was rushed to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital where he is stated to be stable. Centre in-charge Dr PD Garg said Akshay, a heroin addict, has been undergoing treatment at the centre for the past seven months. “On Wednesday, he demanded extra dose of detox drug from a nurse who refused it. In the fit of anger, he slit his wrist with a blade,” he added. Detox tablets are given to patients to reduce the dependency on drugs.

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Talking to HT, inspector Gagandeep Singh said: “It has been brought to our notice that the patient requires psychiatric treatment. No complaint has been filed by the centre. The addict just harmed himself and not anyone else. So we haven’t registered any case.”

Dr Garg said: “Addicts come here to get their detox dose, but they can’t take the tablet home. They have to place under their tongue for a few minutes till it dissolves and then swallow it. Akshay wanted an extra dose, which was denied to him.”

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