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Tarn Taran: Paucity of heroin leads to rise in smuggling of medicinal drugs

As per the data, the border police have made a record seizure of seven lakh banned tablets and capsules in the last two months.

punjab Updated: Sep 19, 2017 15:14 IST
Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma
Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
Tarn Taran,Paucity of heroin,smuggling of medicinal drugs
As per the data, the border police have made a record seizure of seven lakh banned tablets and capsules in the last two months(Representative image )

Paucity of heroin in Punjab has increased the smuggling of medicinal drugs in Tarn Taran. The district police have been seizing the banned tablets and capsules on daily basis here.

As per the data, the border police have made a record seizure of seven lakh banned tablets and capsules in the last two months. The police, however, also claimed to have sealed around five medical stores in the district after recovering banned medicines but the smuggling of medicinal drugs still thrives in the border area.

Tarn Taran district, due to its proximity to the Indo-Pak border, once remained a hotspot for heroin smuggling. Since the government has tightened its noose around the heroin suppliers and peddlers, smuggling of banned intoxicating medicines has gone up in the district.

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“It is not possible for addicts to source heroin easily nowadays. Taking advantage of this, the peddlers have now started grinding the banned medicines, reducing it to powder,” said a police department official on the condition of anonymity.

“After grinding medicines and capsules such as Parvon Spas, Etizolam, Tramadol and Alprex, the peddlers sell their powdered form at higher rates,” he said. “Drug addicts demand ‘chitta’ from the peddlers, but due to its shortage in the state, they settle for powdered medicine, which is more harmful than heroin,” he added.

The official said that drug peddlers have been selling the ‘fake heroin’ in small packets. “When drug addicts inject the fake drug, it enters their bloodstream immediately and binds to the opiate-specific receptors within the brain, which could prove to be fatal,” the official said. “The source of these banned medicines and their suppliers should be identified as soon as possible if we want to save our youths,” said Hari Krishan Arora, a social activist.

“Though the heroin supply wire has been cut off by the Punjab Police, the supply of medicinal drugs, which are much injurious to health, should be tackled forthwith,” he added.

16,150 tablets, capsules recovered in four days

Tarn Taran police claimed to have arrested eight persons after recovering 16,150 banned tablets and capsules from their possession in the past four days.

Major recovery

The anti-narcotics cell of Tarn Taran police had busted a drug-smuggling racket on August 9. The police, after arresting eight small drug peddlers, had also nabbed a wholesale dealer with five lakh banned medicines from Tarn Taran. The wholesaler had been supplying the medicines to different districts across Punjab.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 15:14 IST