Drugs in India

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Factories found giving illegal 'painkillers' to women during periods

15 Jun 2019

Factories found giving illegal 'painkillers' to women during periods

Much has been said of the exploitation of labor in our capitalist world, but it's not enough given how toxic labor abuse can get.

Delhi HC refuses to vacate stay on medicines' online sale

08 Jan 2019

Delhi HC refuses to vacate stay on medicines' online sale

The Delhi High Court today refused to vacate the stay on sale of drugs and prescription medicines by online pharmacies.

J&K SAC approves first ever drug de-addiction policy for state

05 Jan 2019

J&K SAC approves first ever drug de-addiction policy for state

The State Administrative Council (SAC), under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, accorded sanction to the first-ever drug de-addiction policy in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said yesterday.

Gurugram: Nigerian national arrested with heroin worth Rs. 12 crore

25 Dec 2018

Gurugram: Nigerian national arrested with heroin worth Rs. 12 crore

Haryana Police arrested a Nigerian national yesterday in Gurugram with over three kg heroin valued Rs. 12 crore.

Mumbai Police's 'Mowgli' tweet has an important message for society

13 Dec 2018

Mumbai Police's 'Mowgli' tweet has an important message for society

Mumbai Police has a knack of giving civic lessons through their quick-witted tweets and they're quite commendable.

Nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, glucometers notified as drugs

09 Dec 2018

Nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, glucometers notified as drugs

Commonly used medical devices like nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers and glucometers have been notified as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, a step which will enable the government to ensure their quality and performance.

Mother claims Punjab police's recklessness killed son, SC orders probe

09 Nov 2018

Mother claims Punjab police's recklessness killed son, SC orders probe

The Supreme Court has taken cognizance of a mother's plea and ordered a SIT probe into the death of her son in Punjab.

Ajaz Khan arrested for possessing drugs, claims he is innocent

23 Oct 2018

Ajaz Khan arrested for possessing drugs, claims he is innocent

Bollywood actor Ajaz Khan, who is known for his stint in 'Bigg Boss 7', was arrested by Mumbai Police's Anti-Narcotics Cell on Monday night.

SC: Sale of Saridon, two other drugs allowed for now

17 Sep 2018

SC: Sale of Saridon, two other drugs allowed for now

After the government banned 328 FDC drugs including the likes of household names like Panderm, Saridon, etc., the Supreme Court, on Monday, allowed the sale of Saridon and two other drugs, at least temporarily.

Health Ministry to rename drug regulator CDSCO; invites suggestions

07 Sep 2018

Health Ministry to rename drug regulator CDSCO; invites suggestions

The Union Health Ministry has invited suggestions for renaming the country's drug regulator CDSCO in line with its expanded roles.

Private retailers to sell 'life-saving hormone' Oxytocin from September 1

23 Aug 2018

Private retailers to sell 'life-saving hormone' Oxytocin from September 1

Setting aside its ban on the sale of Oxytocin, the Health Ministry has allowed private retail shops to sell the life-saving hormone from September 1, an official said today.

Punjab still battling drug-menace: Police inaction to be blamed

21 Aug 2018

Punjab still battling drug-menace: Police inaction to be blamed

In 3,789 cases where drug possessors were convicted, Punjab police used the same narrative in the charge-sheets.

#PolicyExplainer: This govt scheme provides quality medicines at low cost

14 Aug 2018

#PolicyExplainer: This govt scheme provides quality medicines at low cost

Healthcare is one of India's biggest industries yet over 60% of people in the country lack access to modern healthcare, with the unavailability of affordable medicines being a major contributor.

Brazilian held with Rs. 2.5cr worth cocaine at Mumbai airport

12 Aug 2018

Brazilian held with Rs. 2.5cr worth cocaine at Mumbai airport

A Brazilian national, F Nascimen, has been apprehended by the CISF at the Mumbai airport for allegedly smuggling in cocaine-filled capsules worth Rs. 2.5 crore by concealing them in talcum powder boxes, a senior official said today.

D'Cold, Saridon, 341 other medicines might soon be banned

05 Aug 2018

D'Cold, Saridon, 341 other medicines might soon be banned

As many as 343 fixed-dose combination (FDC) medicines are likely to get banned shortly, a move recommended by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).

Delhi: Two drug peddlers arrested; 30kg cannabis seized

17 Jul 2018

Delhi: Two drug peddlers arrested; 30kg cannabis seized

Two people, including a woman, were arrested with 30kg of cannabis from Om Vihar Phase-1 in Delhi, a police official said.

Bengaluru: Customs officials seize Rs. 6.5cr-worth sedative drug at airport

19 Apr 2018

Bengaluru: Customs officials seize Rs. 6.5cr-worth sedative drug at airport

The customs authorities have seized 12.9kg of methaqualone, a sedative drug, worth Rs. 6.5cr at the airport in Bengaluru.

Narcotics seizure increased 300% in 5-years, 3.6L-kgs seized in 2017

25 Mar 2018

Narcotics seizure increased 300% in 5-years, 3.6L-kgs seized in 2017

Seizure of narcotic drugs in the country has increased by more than 300 percent in the last five years with 2017 witnessing the highest seizure of over 3.6 lakh kg of narcotics, said an NCB report.

Girls drinking beer worries Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. Wait, what?

10 Feb 2018

Girls drinking beer worries Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. Wait, what?

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar recently said the drug problem in the state's colleges isn't as huge as it is made out to be.

NCB busts students from JNU, DU, Amity over drug racket

30 Dec 2017

NCB busts students from JNU, DU, Amity over drug racket

In a major crackdown on drugs, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested four students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), and Amity University for their alleged involvement in a narcotics supply ring in Delhi.

Popularity of party drugs in India has increased manifold

26 Dec 2017

Popularity of party drugs in India has increased manifold

According to government data, use of synthetic party drugs have increased manifold in the last five years in India.

Wanted drug peddler is "friends" with top Bollywood actors

13 Dec 2017

Wanted drug peddler is "friends" with top Bollywood actors

Since his arrest four days ago, top drug peddler Bakul Chandaria has apparently made some confessions to Mumbai Police.

Tamil Nadu police seize 200kg of ganja in Rameswaram

11 Dec 2017

Tamil Nadu police seize 200kg of ganja in Rameswaram

In a major bust, police in Tamil Nadu have seized 200 kilos of ganja worth Rs. 1cr from a cart at Sundaramudayan near Rameswaram.

IIT-Kanpur drug-menace: "Few hundred" students using, insiders involved in racket

10 Dec 2017

IIT-Kanpur drug-menace: "Few hundred" students using, insiders involved in racket

The situation at the prestigious IIT-Kanpur is alarming: the administration says an internal probe has revealed "a few hundred" of its roughly 4,000 students use drugs, TOI reports.

Drugs, and not, terror is the biggest threat to J&K

16 Nov 2017

Drugs, and not, terror is the biggest threat to J&K

Usually in news for terrorist activities, conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir is waging another, relatively-unknown battle against drug menace.

Drug use among youth in militancy-hit Kashmir increasing

05 Oct 2017

Drug use among youth in militancy-hit Kashmir increasing

The nation's focus on the militant violence in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has pushed a major issue on the sidelines: increasing drug use among Kashmiri youth.

Delhi: Police arrest two drug peddlers; recover 790kg marijuana

11 Sep 2017

Delhi: Police arrest two drug peddlers; recover 790kg marijuana

Delhi Police crime branch cops have arrested two drug peddlers, Jagdish Kumar Arya and Saroj Subuddhi, and recovered Rs.54L-worth marijuana weighing almost 790kgs.

Youths are quitting tobacco, but why isn't that good news?

06 Sep 2017

Youths are quitting tobacco, but why isn't that good news?

Good news. Since 2009-10, a third of young adults aged 15-24 have quit smoking. Among those aged 15-17, half have left the habit.

Fight over drugs: Boy killed in front of his mother

02 Sep 2017

Fight over drugs: Boy killed in front of his mother

A 16-year-old boy, allegedly addicted to inhaling adhesive-based sulochen solution, has been stabbed to death by his friends in Delhi's Kabir Nagar.

Is drug addiction going to bring doom for Kashmiri youths?

25 Aug 2017

Is drug addiction going to bring doom for Kashmiri youths?

Kashmir is fighting terrorism. But is drugs the problem that needs immediate attention?

'Legalizing marijuana reduces drug abuse': Is Maneka Gandhi right?

31 Jul 2017

'Legalizing marijuana reduces drug abuse': Is Maneka Gandhi right?

Yesterday, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi recommended legalizing marijuana for medical use, "especially as it serves a purpose in cancer".

1500 kgs heroin worth Rs. 3500cr seized off Gujarat coast

30 Jul 2017

1500 kgs heroin worth Rs. 3500cr seized off Gujarat coast

Nearly 1500 kgs of heroin worth Rs. 3500 crore was seized off the coast of Gujarat by the Indian Coast Guard Ship, Samudra Pavak.

Bengaluru: 3 foreigners arrested with cocaine worth Rs. 7 lakh

19 Jul 2017

Bengaluru: 3 foreigners arrested with cocaine worth Rs. 7 lakh

Central Crime Branch investigators caught three foreigners -a Nigerian, a Briton and a Mozambique- red handed and recovered six grams of cocaine worth Rs. 7.5 lakh from them at NGEF Layout, Byappanahalli, Bengaluru.

J&K: Rs. 20cr worth heroin smuggled from Pakistan seized

15 Jul 2017

J&K: Rs. 20cr worth heroin smuggled from Pakistan seized

Jammu & Kashmir Police have seized 15kg heroin worth Rs. 20cr from two smugglers who were held at Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Daily scenes from Delhi's slums: The drug addicts of Seemapuri

02 Jul 2017

Daily scenes from Delhi's slums: The drug addicts of Seemapuri

A teenager in a Delhi slum prepares his daily injections: a combination of Buprenorphine, Valium and Avil, that he scored at just Rs. 50.

States run out of life-saving medicines months after HIV/AIDS Bill

06 Jun 2017

States run out of life-saving medicines months after HIV/AIDS Bill

Not even two months after India passed the HIV/AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017, ensuring dignity and equal rights to patients, at least six states have run out of live-saving drugs.

Centre launches pneumococcal vaccine for 21 lakh children

15 May 2017

Centre launches pneumococcal vaccine for 21 lakh children

The Centre launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under its Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) on May 13.

Massive Stents scam- Indians looted of crores!

15 May 2017

Massive Stents scam- Indians looted of crores!

Even as stent manufacturers claim huge losses due to recent price controls, shocking statistics tell another tale: apparently, stents in India were among the most expensive, more than US, UK, Germany and Italy.

Cancer drug gets embroiled in the prevailing Indian pharma conflict

14 May 2017

Cancer drug gets embroiled in the prevailing Indian pharma conflict

Indian pharma is currently waging a war against Roche, a Swiss-based pharma major that has monopoly over a cancer drug, which can be provided at a much cheaper rate.

Malnutrition complicating India's severe  tuberculosis problem

14 May 2017

Malnutrition complicating India's severe tuberculosis problem

As the government focuses on supplying medicines for tuberculosis, a severe problem in India, most experts have overlooked the importance of proper food.