Udupi: Designer drugs have been challenge for police department: SP Nisha James

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (PH)

Udupi, Nov 21: Udupi District Police, Forensic Medicine KMC Manipal and Center for Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances organized a workshop for the Udupi District Police regarding detection of harmful narcotic and designer drugs which are available in the market and among students. The workshop was held at SP office, here on November 21.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Shreekumar Menon, head of the Center for Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances, MAHE, Superintendent of Police Nisha James, Dr Vinod Nayak, KMC Manipal, ASP Kumar Chandra and sub-inspector of Shirva, Abdul Qadar by lighting the lamp.

Speaking on the occasion, Nisha James said that designer drugs have been a challenge for the police department. Drugs are being used by students of Manipal and the number is rapidly increasing. Not only narcotic drugs, but designer drugs are reported to be consumed by the students of Manipal. With the support of MAHE, the police department will try to eradicate drugs from Manipal. Over the years, no drugs were seized by the Udupi district police department except ganja. There are no cases where designer drugs cases are registered in Udupi as even the police officials were not aware of those drugs said Nisha James. She also stated that the police department has jointly organized this workshop along with MAHE because drugs are the common enemy of MAHE as well as the police department. This workshop is going to be beneficial for policemen and in the coming days, the police department will extend its support to MAHE in eradicating drugs from Manipal.

Addressing the police department in the workshop, Dr G Shreekumar Menon said that synthetic drugs were first manufactured in Germany and when drugs were controlled by the government, chemists changed the molecular structure making it hard to identify the drug. Every day new designer drugs are in the market and marketing through the internet. Captagon drug which is also referred to as Jihadi drug was used by ISIS, which made fighters superhuman soldiers. These drugs were later found to be supplied by Hyderabad and sent to Syria. Drugs are being manufactured in India, as India ranks third in the Pharmaceutical industry in the world. He also mentioned Tranadol which is a sex enhancing drug manufactured in India and 2018 around 37 million tablets were seized in Italy.

Students nowadays are opting for LSD Stamps which are coated with LSD on the backside. They just lick the stamp and get addicted for eight hours. This case is found more in Kerala and is a mind-altering drug. Police could hardly recognize this drug as the students could hide it anywhere in their books and it does not look like a tablet or a capsule, but like a stamp. He also added up saying that Amphetamines drug was used by Kasab during Taj attack in Mumbai. It was also reported that he was said to consume this drug continuously as it gave him chemical courage. It is often referred to as a Super Human drug.

Vikram, Manipal KMC, Dr Nirmal Krishna M and Dr Ashwin from KMC Manipal witnessed the workshop. The policemen had an interactive session at the workshop where they raised their doubts and got a vivid clear explanation from the resource person.


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