Morphine, a drug from the opiate family, is used by doctors to relieve pain. In Punjab, however, it has become a deadly drug abuse addict.
A recent government forensic laboratory report from the Punjab government found that 78 out of 134 samples collected in the past 23 months have shown that most deaths are from an overdose. Amritsar topped the list of overdose deaths reported in the past 24 months.
According to the State Health Department, 15 overdose deaths were reported in Amritsar. In Hoshiarpur, 11 people died from an overdose. Eight died in Ludhiana, five in Ferozepur and Jalandhar and four in Bathinda and Gurdaspur. Those who have died from an overdose fall into the age group of 18 to 25 years.
"The sources of the morphine injections sold to the drug addicts were not known. These injections appear to have been smuggled in the neighboring countries where some pharmaceutical companies have received approval to produce morphine injections, the purity of the injections of morphine supplied by the dealers may be falsified. " A senior official requested anonymity.
Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the number of overdose deaths has decreased this year after the state government expanded its awareness and health network.
were broken and drug smugglers set up their networks in neighboring countries. The unavailability of synthetic drugs has forced drug addicts to use pain relievers and other drugs. "] Balbir Singh Sidhu said.
Officials from the forensic laboratory in Punjab said that drug addicts used morphine powder to get a kick after the supply chain for synthetic drugs like heroin was compromised.
Drug dealers are now selling morphine powder as a substitute for heroin. Interestingly, the price of morphine and heroin is the same. Although morphine injections are available in pharmacies at cheaper prices between 500 and 700 rupees, addicts prefer the drug in powder form, making it more
Upon contacting, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu stated that the number of medication overdose deaths has decreased this year after the state government expanded its awareness and health network.
The unavailability of synthetic drugs ha t Forced drug addicts to use pain relievers and other drugs, "said Balbir Singh Sidhu. PUNJAB PLANS RELIEF FOR DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH VICTIM FAMILIES
According to sources, the Punjab government will shortly announce compensation to the families of victims of a drug overdose from the Chief Minister's Aid Fund.
The State Police have registered 27,744 cases under the 1985 Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) and arrested over 33,622 people, recovering over 767 kg heroine and a large amount of other contraband substances ,
87,000 addicts were treated in 178 state OOAT centers (Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment)]
Punjab has developed into a center for the procurement of synthetic drugs and narcotics because of the threat to neighboring countries Haryana, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
Fear of suppression, the drug smugglers and paddlers have now settled on the international borders such as the districts of Una, Kangra, Solan and Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh.
In Himachal Prad up to 1,622 cases were registered under the NDPS law Esh in the first seven months of this year. A total of 789 people were arrested, most of them from the neighboring countries of Punjab and Haryana.
In addition to synthetic drugs, Punjab and Haryana is also a large market for opium and poppy seeds, which is sourced from neighboring Rajasthan. Himachal, Kully and Shimla in particular are known for the locally grown, high-quality hash charas.
Drug smugglers from Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have networked in the recent past after the threat had spread beyond Punjab.
Uttarakhand Prime Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the smugglers use children and women as couriers and that there is an urgent need to include drug awareness in school education.
SUSPENSION OF LOCAL DRUG TRADE STRENGTHENS ACTIVITIES UNDER LOCAL DRUG TRADE
The border states of Rajasthan and Punjab and Haryana, after which India and Loan-rose trade rose, saw a surge in activity after the increase in the number of countries bordering Rajasthan and Punjab and Haryana, after which Loan and Gelargan began to increase Jammu and Kashmir had been exposed to Pakistan in April this year.
Drug smuggling also increased after India was forced to impose a 200 percent import duty on all imports from Pakistan after the Pulwama terrorist attack. Pakistani exporters began drug smuggling when the increased tariff evaporated profits from goods such as black salt, dried fruit and plaster.
The increasing cross-border drug smuggling after the Pulwama attack was reflected in the recent drug seizures in Amritsar and Sonipat.
The biggest narcotics transport ever on June 29 in Amritsar – where 532 kg of heroin worth 2700 rupees was confiscated – speaks for itself how the royal bowls in Jammu and Kashmir started using the drugs The border between Wagah and Attari to receive supplies of narcotics where trade still exists.
The arrests of Gurpinder Singh, a salt merchant from Amritsar who recently died in mysterious conditions in prison, and Kingpin from Jammu and Kashmir Tariq Ahmad Lone speaks clearly about the paradigm shift in drug smuggling.
The heroin shipment, worth 200 rupees, packed between the dry fruits – confiscated in a Sonipat cold store in Kundli on July 24 – had also crossed the Attari border.
"Attari border was actively used to smuggle drugs that go to all states. We do not have sufficient infrastructure such as full truck body scanners and canine units to check activity. Creating our own central agency only for drugs in the sense of the NIA [National Investigation Agency] is the order of the day to investigate national and international connections of drug smugglers ", said Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta.