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Nashik: Drug Wholesalers Come Under Rural Police Scanner

Nashik: Drug Wholesalers Come Under Rural Police Scanner


NASHIK, 22 NOV 2018: The probe into the illegal sale of anti-anxiety drug, Alprazolam, in Malegaon has spread to the legal sellers of the medicine.

 

The Nashik rural police are keeping a close watch on some drug wholesalers of Nashik’s neighbouring districts. In Malegaon, the schedule drug is sold clandestinely under the code ‘Kuttiya Goli.’

 

Highly-placed sources in Nashik rural police told TOI that investigations so far have revealed that the clandestine flow of the drug in Malegaon is from some pharmaceutical wholesalers from the neighbouring districts. “We have identified these wholesalers and they are under our watch,” said a senior police officer.

 

The police suspect that these wholesalers allegedly supply the tablets in bulk to Malegaon through their linkmen, who sell them in different parts of the town.

 

Over 60,000 tablets have been seized from different parts of Malegaon for illegally selling and possessing the drug. Altogether, 10 persons have been arrested in six cases.

 

“The clandestine sale has reduced of late after the local police increased surveillance. But still, there are some areas where it is being sold and we are working to arrest the suspects involved in such acts,” said an officer.

 

The Malegaon police recently roped in religious heads, who address the gathering during Friday prayers, to drive home the point that consuming this drug without doctor’s advice is harmful for health.

 

Workers in powerloom units allegedly take these pills to help them tide over long working hours and exposure to high noise pollution. However, constant use of the drug can lead to addiction.

 

Under the rules, this scheduled drug is supposed to be sold at chemist shops only on production of doctor’s prescription. The cost of one tablet is Rs 2. In Malegaon, tablets are being sold illegally as there is a huge demand. ET Healthworld