The illicit drug phensedyl is making a comeback!
JUBAIR HASAN |
Nov. 20, 2021, 9:16 a.m.
The seizure of the illegal drug Phensedyl has marked a significant increase in recent times, posing a serious threat to the country’s younger generation.
The unexpected growth of illegal codeine-based cough syrup in the seizure list indicates that consumption of the once-dominated contraband drug is also on the rise.
Officials from the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) said that the use of Phensedyl remained almost static until 2016 due to strict vigilance on the routes used to get the drug to the main market – Dhaka.
Since then, seizures of bottled drugs have slowly increased. “Now we have again seen a significant increase in the abuse of Phensedyl,” a DNC (intelligence and operations) official told FE.
Seeing the current upward trend, he said, they have stepped up their vigilance on Phensedyl outlets in the city as they have reports that the drug dealers are focusing more on smuggling the drug. after Yaba.
According to statistics on the seizure of Phensedyl by all agencies across Bangladesh, security agencies seized 566,525 bottles in 2016. The figure was 720,843 in 2017, 715,529 in 2018 and 976,663 in 2019.
Now the volume has grown to 1,007,977 in 2020. DNC officials believe the number would be much higher that year.
From the mid-1990s to the start of this decade, Phensedyl was one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in Bangladesh. Due to its addictive nature, it was made illegal in the country by the Drug Ordinance of 1982.
Currently, the main source of contraband syrup is India, where it is legally produced and used as a medicine for the treatment of coughs.
There are no specific statistics on the Codeine Based Cough Syrup market. No organization has ever conducted a nationwide survey to find out the extent of the financial implication and impact of drug use on society.
DNC Director Kusum Dewan said smugglers generally prefer roads at the western and eastern borders to bring Phensedyl into the country.
He said that Phensedyl, a narcotic class liquid, is smuggled into Bangladesh by buses and trucks filled with different baggage and baggage. Drugs are also smuggled into the country by ships and trawlers.
“We have intensified our vigilance on the roads carrying Phensedyl and on the drug dealers listed to protect our young people from the treats,” he added.
The Central Addiction Treatment Center is the largest public drug addiction hospital in the country where nearly 20 percent of patients have a strong association with the use of Phensedyl.