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Meet on illegal sale of drugs

Dhubri, June 25: The Dhubri Drug Dealers Association, in its meeting held today, warned its member dealers not to sell sleeping pills or cough syrups without a prescription, as some drug dealers were allegedly selling the drugs to youths.

District police, in a bid to check the supply of sleeping pills and cough syrups, have been taking action against the dealers who have been selling the drugs unauthorised, resulting in rising drug addiction among the youths.

The members of the association, while expressing serious concern over growing drug addiction among youths, said the consumption of psychotropic medicines was spoiling the lives of the younger generation.

Dhubri district senior drug inspector Gajen Talukdar, who was also present in the meeting, read out the strictures, rules and regulations on sale of drugs and warned about flouting those.

While selling psychotropic medicines, the dealers — be it retailer or wholesalers — have to maintain a stock and register properly, which will be examined by him, Talukdar added.

The president of the association, Shyamal Sanyal, expressed concern over the rise in drug addiction among the youths in the town and vowed to co-operate with the police, drug inspector and other officials concerned to eradicate the menace from society.

“We should be extra careful about selling psychotropic drugs and henceforth will not sell these without a prescription. If anyone is found to be involved in the illegal sale, we will initiate strong action,” Sanyal added.

The members alleged that the youths of Dhubri district were getting a regular supply of psychotropic drugs, sleeping pills and cough syrup from drug peddlers who purchase it from the neighbouring Cooch Behar district of Bengal.

The drugs are sold them from their houses, betel nut shops and roadside eateries.

Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma recently convened a meeting between drug dealers and officials of the Dhubri district drug inspector’s office recently.

He urged the drug dealers to assist the police and enforcement officials to root out this drug menace.

On June 17, Narayan Das, the proprietor M/S Narayan Drugs of Nuliapatty on Amco Road of Dhubri town, was arrested with cough syrups and his arrest created a great deal of commotion.

There are over 600 medicine retailers and wholesalers in Dhubri district while 200 in Dhubri town alone.

However, there are numerous medicine shops running business allegedly without licenses and the Dhubri district drug inspector, who is in charge of six districts, hardly found time to spare to look into these illegal business, a drug dealer alleged.