The government is all set to bring Tramadol, a painkiller, under the ambit of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in a move aimed at checking its abuse. Penalties for violations of provisions will increase substantially and a notification is likely to be issued soon, two people aware of the matter said.
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raised concerns about the abuse and trafficking of pharmaceuticals in a recent meeting held at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and suggested that the availability of Tramadol be substantially reduced in order to track its movement in the market.
Suggestions by NCB:
1.Manufacture Tramadol and codeine-based cough syrups in small batches to enable authorities to track the manufacturer.
2.Verify the existence of sale premises before a licence is granted by the states and conduct surprise raids in this regard.
3.All the state licensing authorities should re-consider proposal for the reduction in batch size for manufacturing such drugs to control the diversion towards its abuse and misuse.
4.The Narcotics Control Bureau is the apex coordinating agency. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 which came into effect from the 14th November 1985 made an express provision for constituting a Central Authority for the purpose of exercising the powers and functions of the Central Government under the Act.
5.The Bureau, subject to the supervision and control of the Central Government, is to exercise the powers and functions of the Central Government for taking measures with respect to:
6.Co-ordination of actions by various offices, State Governments and other authorities under the N.D.P.S. Act, Customs Act, Drugs and Cosmetics Act and any other law for the time being in force in connection with the enforcement provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.
7.Implementation of the obligation in respect of countermeasures against illicit traffic under the various international conventions and protocols that are in force at present or which may be ratified or acceded to by India in future.
8.Assistance to concerned authorities in foreign countries and concerned international organisations to facilitate coordination and universal action for prevention and suppression of illicit traffic in these drugs and substances.
9.Coordination of actions taken by the other concerned Ministries, Departments and Organizations in respect of matters relating to drug abuse.