Stamp out easy access to drugs
WHEN we think about drug taking, we usually conjure up the image of a sleazy backalley dealer and a furtive drug addict doing a deal, with both on the lookout for police.
But this kind of drug deal is only one side of the story. There are growing numbers of people who are abusing medicines that they can buy from their local pharmacy.
We recently ran a story that involved young people addicted to a cough syrup containing codeine, an opiate that gives someone who overdoses on it a high.
It is highly addictive and, according to a medical practitioner, could lead to the user going into a coma or even dying. Codeine is similar to morphine and other opioids.
If one is to buy this cough syrup at a pharmacy, the staff should record personal details and also log into the computer the recipient’s name and address before getting the cough medicine.
This is designed to stop people overdosing on dangerous drugs and would work quite well – but there are many unscrupulous chemists who are prepared to flout these rules and sell their customers anything they want and in any quantity they want.
It is imperative that our police service investigates these types of outlets and ensures they clean up their procedures when selling medicines.
Drugs will always be around and we cannot just rely on efforts to curtail their availability.
We have to focus fully on educating people from a young age of the danger that all types of drug abuse poses to health, both physical and mental.
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