It is leading to overuse of painkillers, says psychiatrist
The pain tolerance levels of people has come down to a great extent, which was leading to overuse of painkillers, which needs to be corrected by individuals in order not to get addicted to those drugs.
At a seminar on “Non Medicinal Use of Habit Forming Drugs” organised by the Drugs Control Administration here on Saturday, nationally renowned psychiatrist Indla Rama Subba Reddy said that dependence on drugs was initially psychological and later turning into physical dependence, which was dangerous.
Advising people not resort to self-medication, Dr. Subba Reddy said that some amount of will power can help people tolerate pain, as it was more psychological than physical, and, of late, people have head-aches for various reasons which were more related to lifestyle. Giving several examples of abuse of habit-forming drugs, he said that alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, petrol, or Ketamine, cause addiction. Assistant Director Drug Control Administration Visakhapatnam Ravi Uday Bhaskar took strong exception to the lack of uniform enforcement on stopping drugs being sold without prescription.
“Out of 19 cases registered for drug abuse, only one was out of Visakhapatnam district, and this can be achieved only through self-regulation at all levels from prescribing doctors, manufacturers, dealers and retailers,” he said.
Codine Phosphate in cough syrups was the most common, along with drugs which can be injected. These were not dispensed properly and the most common way of getting them was from neighbouring districts and states when enforcement increased in a particular district/city, Mr. Uday Bhaskar added. In majority of the cases, the courts let off the culprits.
Sensitisation was important at all levels to ensure lowering of habit-forming drugs, and this was being done with the help of NGOs and other stakeholders in the society. Deputy Director, Drugs Control Administration, Eluru Region, T. Ravi Kumar presided, Green Valley Foundation Chairman Uma Raj, running a de-addiction centre in Visakhapatnam and AD Drug Control Krishna district S. Vijay Kumar were present on the occasion.