New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) today organised a workshop at Gwalior seeking help of chemical industry to check drug abuse in the country.
Attended by 35 representatives of the industry, Narcotics Commissioner Jagjit Pavadia called for implementing precursor watch programme to encourage the industry to report suspicious transactions of precursor chemicals to the regulating authority. She also urged the industry to adopt a voluntary code of conduct and help the department to generate a consciousness in the trade regarding the diversion potential of precursor chemicals used for synthesis of psychotropic drugs.
Chemicals required for processing synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs like cocaine, heroin, LSD, methaqualone and ecstasy are commonly referred to as precursor chemicals. Natural substances like opium and cannabis are also abused as drugs.
One of the strategies by CBN to suppress use of synthetic drugs is to prevent access of precursor chemicals to drug traffickers.
These chemicals are not only prone to diversion within the country from legal channels but are also sometimes diverted during international trade. CBN is the designated competent national authority for regulating import and export under Article 12 of UN Convention against illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances,1988.