AAP leader Phoolka expresses satisfaction over treatment to drug addicts in Barnala
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AAP leader Phoolka expresses satisfaction over treatment to drug addicts in Barnala

Most patients suffer from addiction of Tramadol, a medicine used to treat addiction, that is misused by patients due to easy accessibility on chemist shops

punjab Updated: Mar 05, 2017 16:46 IST
BB Goyal
BB Goyal
Hindustan Times, Barnala
HS Phoolka,Punjab drugs,Drug addiction
AAP leader HS Phoolka (centre) with party leaders Gurmeet Singh Meet (third from left) and Kuldeep Singh Kaala (fifth from left) at a drug de­addiction centre in Barnala on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the quality of treatment being provided to patients at drug de-addiction centre of civil hospital here.

Phoolka was on his way to visit various de-addiction centres across the state on Saturday. He was accompanied by AAP’s Barnala candidate Gurmeet Singh Meet, former MP Rajdev Singh Khalsa and party leader Kuldeep Singh Kaala.

In the 10-bedded centre here, 16 indoor patients from different villages of the district and Bhawanigarh are under treatment.

Interacting with media persons, Phoolka said, “We are sure of forming government when the verdict on March 11 is out. You will see peddlers vanishing from here very soon. So we will focus on de-addiction and rehabilitation. We are eager to destroy this evil from the root.”

“I am visiting only government-run centres. Our candidates will visit private centres as well in their respective constituencies,” added Phoolka.

Most of the patients Phoolka met here, said they were addicted to Tramadol medicine, before being admitted to the de-addiction centre.

“Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat addiction. Its easy accessibility at chemist shops provides instant gratification to patients and is hence being misused. We treat such patients with other therapies and medicines,” said Dr Parvesh Kumar, psychiatrist and incharge of the centre.

Indoor patients have to shell out Rs 200 per day for getting treatment in the de-addiction centre of civil hospital here. “This amount includes charges for food and medicine also. We do not prescribe even a single tablet to be taken from outside. Moreover, in case of a patient in penury, the treatment is provided totally free with permission of the deputy commissioner,” said Dr Parvesh.

“We usually admit alcoholic patients for 10 days, while those hooked to heroine or poppy husk remain here for a month or so. We have four staff nurses, two attendants and four security guards. Our daily OPD is 15 to 20 patients,” added Dr Parvesh.

“Some centres prescribe Buprenorphine in routine, whereas we do so only in extreme cases where the patient cannot be treated with other therapies. Opiad substitution therapy has psycho-social consequences and it is not desirable to prescribe this medicine in out-patient department,” said Dr Parvesh.

Regarding chief ministerial candidate of AAP, Phoolka said, “We are not for posts. CM will be chosen by MLAs by consensus.”

First Published: Mar 05, 2017 16:44 IST