Acting on a tip-off, the Mumbai crime branch seized around 999 bottles of cough syrup Corex and around 600 tablets of Netravet-10 from the possession of a notorious drug dealer.
Cops arrested 35-year-old Santosh Halwai from Kurla on Saturday (April 29).
Corex is a scheduled ‘H’ drug which should be sold only on prescription, but is being widely misused by drug addicts to lure schoolchildren and teens.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Police Inspector Jagdish Sail, attached to Unit-3 of Mumbai crime branch, said, “Santosh Halwai is a known drug dealer and we have seized 999 bottles of Corex and around 600 tablets of Netravet-10 from his possession. He had no valid reason to stock Corex in such large quantity.”
Corex is a cheap drug for both addicts and dealers. It costs around Rs60 per bottle, but in black market, the bottle is sold for Rs300.
Cough syrups with an ingredient of codeine phosphate have an intoxicating effect on the nerves. Netavet-10 is prescribed to a person who is suffering from sleep disorder problems, so that he can sleep properly. Drug with combination of codeine-phosphate are covered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.
“Regular consumption of both, Corex and Netravet-10, leads to addiction. These drugs have ill-effects on health. Though these drugs are not easily available, drug addicts manage to source it for their addiction. Its addiction is common in teens,” said Dr Jayesh Lele, former President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, psychiatrist attached with HL Hiranandani Hospital, Dr Harish Shetty, said, “In a month, I see around 8-10 cases of Corex and Netravet addiction. These two drugs are popular amongst teens, mostly college students. Patients who come to see me are between the age group 18 to 40.”
Even though there is awareness among the youngsters that drug addiction can ruin their life, Corex is being widely used by teens and this is cause of worry.