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  1. 1. Rampant drug abuse: a bitter pill to swallow ������� In a state grappling with large-scale drug abuse, the use of habit-forming drugs is one of the most common forms of intoxication. Besides, experts assert that procuring drugs from chemist shops is one of the most accessible ways of drug abuse. The illegal trade of psychotropic drugs continues unabated, as is evident from the recovery of drugs worth over Rs 1 crore in the last year. This, despite the Health department’s efforts to tighten the noose on the chemists involved in over-the-counter sales of habit-forming drugs. Earlier, the Health department was mulling over the option of asking for affidavits from the chemists to sell the habit-forming drugs. However, the government backed down after chemists across the state threatened to down shutters on March 18 to protest against the decision. Representatives of the �Chemists’ Association stated that affidavits from chemists will not solve the problem. “On our part, we have asked members to keep sale and purchase records of the schedule H drugs, failing which their membership can be cancelled. However, there are some black sheep that bring a bad name to the trade,” said a senior member of the association. Notably, most of the raids in the statecentred on dingy medical stores located in Pindi Street, which apparently house huge caches of habit-forming drugs. It is believed there is a huge trade of the schedule H drugs, which are bought and sold without proper documentation to facilitate over-the-counter sales. “The defaulter chemists do not keep any record of purchase and sale of these drugs, which makes it evident that the drugs are bought by people who misuse them. Most of the time, we find the drugs are housed in unclaimed stores to avoid detection during raids,” said District Drug Inspector . �Manjinder singh Dhillon Meanwhile, youth continue to fall prey to rampant drug abuse, Punjab coming second only to Mizoram in the country. The sharp rise of drug abuse in the state can be gauged from the fact that 4,464 cases were recorded under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in 2005 as compared to 1,741 cases in 1999. The defaulter chemists do not keep any record of purchase and sale of these drugs, which makes it evident that the drugs are bought by people who misuse them. Most of the time, we find the drugs are housed in unclaimed stores to avoid detection during raids Manjinder Singh Dhillon, District Food and Drugs Inspector, Punjab

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