MLA, DC exhort all chemists to participate in fight against drugs
Chemists selling scheduled medicines without prescription to lose license
Ferozepur, June 11, 2019: Taking a serious note of illegal sale of scheduled (prohibited) drugs in the district, MLA Parminder Singh Pinki and the deputy commissioner Chander Gaind jointly called upon the chemists of the district not to sell any kind of scheduled medicines without the valid prescription from an authorized doctor.
If any chemist was found selling prohibited drugs without prescription, he would face the cancellation of his drug license, they asserted.
Presiding over a meeting with the representatives of the chemists' association, they both said that punitive action will be initiated against the violators.
MLA Parminder Singh Pinki said that the Punjab government is committed to wiping out the drug menace from the state and this is our collective responsibility to participate in this movement.
He said that as per the various police and health department reports, a few of the chemists in the district are selling the scheduled medicines without prescription to the people who are misusing these medicines as toxics.
These drugs form a habit in the users and turning them into drug addicts said the MLA. He said that this sort of illegal activity is putting a slur upon the name of this historic city, adding the MLA said that the Ferozepur District is known for martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
The district is also known for the act of gallantry and velour of Ferozepurians during the 1965 and 1971 wars. But now, unfortunately, the Ferozepur' name is being maligned as drug tainted district and being a true Ferozepurian and representative of the people he can't bear. He exhorted chemists to come forward to eradicate this menace by exposing black-sheeps in the trade openly. Mr. Pinki called upon people to come forward and work together beyond the party level to eradicate this menace completely from the district.
The deputy commissioner Chander Gaind while addressing the chemists said that soon a massive drive against drugs is going to start in the district, as a part of which the inspection will be conducted at drug shops. He appealed the drug sellers to keep their record updated as the physical verification of every single tablet of scheduled drugs will be carried out during inspection, he added.
Issuing warning to the perpetrators of this illegal trade, Mr. Gaind said that during the inspection if any drug seller was found selling scheduled drugs without prescription has to face the cancellation of his drug license.
The drug inspector Mr. Harjinder Singh said that the shopkeepers have to maintain the stock register properly and have to avoid the practice of selling medicines in bulk as the bulk tablets are used by drug addicts for intoxication purposes. He further asked chemists to maintain the computerized record of their sale, purchase, and stock because it makes easy to inspect the stocks.
The president of district chemist association Mr. Subodh Kakkar offered the fulsome support of the chemists in this noble cause. He ensured that no member of the association was involved in such illegal practice. He further said that the association will soon disclose the names of black-sheeps indulged in this crime and putting a stigma over this trade.