Heroin consumption on rise after ban on opioid painkiller capsules in Mizoram

Aizawl, December 2: After the complete ban imposed by the State government on the sale of painkiller capsules containing the opioid Dextropropoxyphene, the quantity of heroin seized has increased since 2014.

According to the Mizoram Excise and Narcotics Department, the sleuths seized around 3.126 kg of heroin in 2014, the year Lal Thanhawla’s Congress government enacted the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act to end 18 years of a church-enforced ban on liquor consumption, as reported by The Hindu.

In the year 2015 and 2016, the total seizures rose to 4 kg and in 2017 it rose to 6.186 kg.  This year till October, around 6.173 kg of heroin was seized.

According to Ngurchungnunga Sailo, Mizoram’s Commissioner of Excise and Narcotics, the seizures and consumption of heroin has increased because addicts no longer get painkillers such as Spasmo Proxyvon, Parvon Spas with high Dextropropoxyphene content which was banned five years ago, as reported by The Hindu.

It may be mentioned that the apart from locals, Myanmar nationals are also involved in the peddling of the drugs and under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985. This year, around 553 persons arrested under the Act, 23 were foreigners.