The government would hire the services of volunteers to keep tab on the sale at pharmacy shops after increasing in cases of drug addiction.
The Health department is set to tighten noose over pharmaceutical agencies which have mushroomed and are believed to be responsible for increase in "drug addiction" cases in the state.
Official sources told Rising Kashmir that the government has taken serious note of the increasing cases of drug abuse across the state and will keep check on pharmaceutical agencies. The government is mulling to rope in volunteers to closely monitor the working and functioning of increasing pharmacy shops and agencies, a top official source said.
Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiya Naqash said, “We have a civil society but they are involved in politics only. They have ignored other issues. If anyone finds any pharmacy shop selling drugs like Corex, Alprax, they can give me a telephone call or write an SMS. We will act. The people can also go to the drug controllers office to notify them about it.”
Naqash blamed the community for not coming forward to raise concerns on such issues. “If there are complaints against any medical store selling such drugs without proper recommendations, the community members can notify the Drug Controller department. But they don’t come forward,” she said.
She said there are registered NGOs, Mohalla committees and other people with good credentials who can assist them in notifying about the “illegal activities” at the pharmacies.
“Boys from both well-to-do families and other sections are involved in drug abuse. Recently one boy died because of drug over use. The forensic report is still to come. We are part of the same society. We can’t point fingers at each other,” she said.
Official sources in the health department said that the government is going to form a team of the experts comprising of doctors, professors, clinical scientists and civil society members to check the functioning and working of the pharmaceutical companies which have come up in the state over the years.
There has been easy availability of the drugs like Corex, Alprax and Rexcop, which are easily available not only in cities and towns but in the villages also.
The doctors and officials of health department said that the mushrooming growth of pharmaceutical agencies across Kashmir “ is also a reason of increasing drug addiction cases as these drugs are easily available to the youth.”
“There is a dire need to address the issue at ground level. It is a social and moral issue and everybody is involved in it,” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad, a medico.