After the recent incident of boxer Vijender Singh being embroiled in a drugs case and the issue of drug abuse by students recently highlighted in a PU Senate meeting,Chandigarh Newsline visited the PU campus to assess the ground situation and discovered several empty bottles of cough syrup Rexcof lying in a a rear playground. Several bottles were also found behind the basketball court. The cough syrup contains codeine,which is a narcotic pain reliever and can only be sold on prescription by a doctor.
Along with the bottles,were leaflets of antibiotic capsules and empty bottles of correction fluids.
The area where the empty bottles were found lies behind girls hostels: Kasturba and Savitri Bai Phule.
Senator Varinder Singh,in Senate meeting on March 24,had raised this issue and stated that sportsperson used drugs before participating in meets and there was no check on such malpractices at the varsity level.
When Newsline asked chemist shops located in the varsity and Sector 15 about Rexcof,the shop owners denied stocking the medicine as the particular brand contains codeine. Nobody here sells this drug. This contains codeine which is banned and those who want to sell needs license for this. If a doctor prescribes it then only can chemists can sell it, said owner of a chemist shop located in Sector 14.
Kumar and Company chemist shop,Sector 15, said that students buy this cough syrup from chemist shops located in Nayagaon and areas around it as there is no check on illegal sale of drugs.
Head of Pulmonary medicine,PGIMER,Dr S K Jindal said: The presences of codeine does make the medicine addictive and should not be sold without prescription.
PU sports director,Gurmeet Singh,said,Sportsperson do not use such drugs. Those who are drugs addicts can take such cough syrups. For the first time,during the All India Judo championship,we called a team of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) from New Delhi. They had randomly collected samples and reports are due.
With no such facilities available here,it is difficult for us to conduct such tests, he added.