Drug Na­tion

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Fig­ures re­cently re­leased by the home min­istry of­fer an in­trigu­ing look at In­dia’s nar­cotics habits. The stand­out fact is the as­ton­ish­ing rise in pop­u­lar­ity of methaqualone, sold as ‘Quaalude’ in the US and ‘Man­drax’ in Britain. It di­min­ishes sex­ual in­hi­bi­tion, and was used by both Ro­man Polan­ski and al­legedly Bill Cosby to drug women be­fore sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them. Cu­ri­ously, only a frac­tion of the drugs seized are dis­posed of. Where does the rest go?

182,623kg

Amount of ganja seized

24,106kg

Amount of methaqualone seized (up from 90 kg in 2015)

Rs 4,700cr

Value of methaqualone seized in Delhi

967kg

Amount of heroin seized in Pun­jab and Haryana

11,304kg

Amount of ganja dis­posed of

23,518kg

Amount of methaqualone seized in Delhi alone

1,600kg

Amount of heroin seized in In­dia

375kg

Amount of heroin dis­posed of in In­dia

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