In an attempt to restrict drug abuse in the district, the police department along with the local administration has asked non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and chemists and drug shop owners to participate in their campaign against drug menace.
Chairing a meeting, deputy commissioner (DC) Kumar Rahul urged chemists not to sell habit-forming drugs and sell only those medicines that are prescribed by registered medical practitioners.
In order to ensure implementation of the ban on tobacco products, the DC directed the health officials to take stern action against defaulters found guilty of sale and purchase of pan masala and other tobacco products.
Ruing the state of affairs, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harcharan Singh Bhullar said drugs were now easily available at grocery stores let alone chemist shops.
He said chemists should maintain a record of employees at their shops so that authorities from police and district administration can keep a tab on their activities. They were also instructed to keep proper registers regarding sale and purchase of medicines.