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Habit-forming drugs seized at Charminar in a joint operation by DCA and police officials

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HYDERABAD, MAY 09, 2024: The Drugs Control Administration, Telangana, in a joint operation conducted with the Police Department, busted the illegal sale of habit-forming drugs to drug addicts at Charminar in Hyderabad and seized  ‘Tapentadol Tablets’ worth Rs 23,000.

According to DCA Director-General VB Kamalasan Reddy here on Thursday, the DCA officials of Hyderabad Zone, acting on credible information, conducted raids on Wednesday in Charminar Area, along with officials from the Police Department, to bust the illegal sale of habit-forming drugs to drug addicts. During the raids, officers detected that Arshad Khan, a resident Aman Nagar, Somnath Temple, Yakutpura, Hyderabad, was illegally selling Tydol 100 Tablets (Tapentadol Tablets 100 mg) at the Charminar Bus Stand Parking Area, New Shahalibanda Road, Charminar. The officers seized 400 tablets of Tydol 100 Tablets (Tapentadol Tablets 100 mg) during the raid. The total worth of the stocks seized was Rs. 23,000.

Tapentadol is a centrally acting opioid analgesic used for the management of moderate to severe pain for both acute (following injury, surgery, etc.) and chronic musculoskeletal pain. It works by acting on the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, thereby altering the way the body perceives and responds to pain.

Due to its potential for abuse and addiction, Tapentadol has been classified as a Schedule H1 drug under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Schedule H1 drugs are those that have a high potential for abuse or indiscriminate use and are subject to stricter regulations regarding their sale. The inclusion of ‘Tapentadol’ in Schedule H1 means that it can only be sold by retail pharmacies with a prescription from a registered medical practitioner.

Arshad Khan does not possess any drug licence and is illegally selling the habit-forming drug Tapentadol Tablets to drug addicts. T. Rajamouli, Assistant Director, Hyderabad, B. Lakshmi, Drugs Inspector, Charminar and S. Naveen, Sub-inspector of Police, Hussaini Alam Police Station were among the officers who carried out the raid. DCA officers lifted the samples for analysis. Further investigation will be carried out, and action will be taken as per the law against all the offenders.

Illegal stocking and sale of habit-forming drugs is a grave offence and is punishable under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, with imprisonment for up to five years.



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