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Manipur faces growing drug crisis amid rising illegal trade: MCDA

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Manipur faces growing drug crisis amid rising illegal trade: MCDA

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Imphal, May 23:

Manipur Chemist and Druggist Association (MCDA) has raised urgent concerns about the burgeoning drug crisis in the state, exacerbated by rampant illegal trade. In a press conference, Thockchom Dijamani, Secretary of the Association, highlighted the challenges faced by licensed sellers of life-saving drugs, which are increasingly being misused for recreational purposes.
“Given the current situation in Manipur, licensed vendors are now restricted from selling certain life-saving drugs that have potential for recreational misuse. However, drug cartels continue to sell these substances openly, undermining the efforts of legitimate businesses,” Dijamani stated. This illegal trade not only jeopardizes public health but also severely impacts those conducting their business honestly and within the law.
Yanglem Ronel, Health Inspector at the Medical Directorate, provided further insight into the crisis. “The persistent drug crisis in Manipur is driven by demand, which in turn fuels supply. Various law enforcement agencies, including the Central Bureau, Customs, Excise, Forest Guard, and state law enforcement, are actively working to curb the supply of these drugs. However, addressing the demand falls under the purview of social welfare agencies,” he explained.
He pointed out that a wide range of drugs, from marijuana and MDMA to cocaine, are prevalent. Specific drugs like MDMA have reportedly spread to Assam, with significant seizures, including 10 kgs of amphetamine, suggesting that these substances have also infiltrated Manipur.
The legal framework for drug-related offenses in Manipur is stringent, with punishments varying based on the quantity of drugs involved. Possession of small quantities can lead to six months in prison, while large quantities can result in up to ten years of imprisonment and hefty fines.
Yanglem Ronel also emphasized the importance of adherence to licensing conditions for the sale of habit-forming drugs, which can be legally sold but are often misused recreationally. “Licensed sellers are prohibited from selling these drugs without a proper prescription. Failure to comply with these conditions will result in the cancellation of their licenses and appropriate legal action,” he warned.

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