Chennai: Based on intelligence, Chennai Air Customs officers intercepted postal parcels suspected to include psychotropic medication which have been certain for the US. On inspection, it was discovered that the parcels contained 3440 tablets of psychotropic medication and so they have been seized underneath the NDPS Act, 1985.
The parcel contained 234 strips of Addwize 10mg (Methylphenidate), 50 strips of Lonazep 1 mg (Clonazepam) and 40 strips of Zolfresh 10 mg (Zolpidem). 2340 tablets of Methylphenidate, 600 tablets of Zolpidem and 500 tablets of Clonazepam have been recovered from them.
These medication are psychotropic substances falling underneath Schedule ‘X’ & ‘H’ of Drug and Cosmetic Rule 1945 and are additionally coated underneath the NDPS Act, 1985. Schedule H medication may be recognized as those that include an ‘Rx’ marking on the packaging, whereas the Schedule X medication are labelled with ‘XRx’ on their packaging. Schedule X is the stronger variant that’s used for treating sure medical circumstances and it contains narcotic and psychotropic substances-based medication.
Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant and used to deal with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Zolpidem is a sedative, additionally known as a hypnotic and is used to deal with Insomnia. Clonazepam, a kind of anti-epileptic drug, is used to deal with sure seizure issues.
While these medication can be found largely from pharmacies on producing a prescription from a registered medical practitioner, they’re extensively misused after being procured through completely different authorized or unlawful channels. While they’ve a selected medical use, it’s a substance with excessive abuse potential.
The worth of the medication are pretty low when procured through the authorized route, nevertheless, they’ve a really excessive avenue worth in developed nations the place they’re tougher to obtain illegally, in massive numbers.
It is alleged that the road worth of the seized tablets (whole) could possibly be as much as USD 17,000 or Rs 12 lakhs.