After psychiatrists in the city, who practice privately, stopped prescribing Buprenorphine tablets to patients, the de-addiction centre of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib (Charitable) Hospital also decided to do the same on Wednesday.
According to doctors, Buprenorphine is used to treat drug addicts.
The centre, which sees about 160 patients visiting the OPD daily, has 120 patients dealing with drug addiction. They were told on Wednesday that they would be given some other therapy and not Buprenorphine. However, patients already being given this drug were asked to visit the Civil Hospital. The centre has decided not to prescribe the drug till the Punjab government does not make guidelines about schedule H drugs clear.
The same was conveyed by Dr Paramjeet Singh, a psychiatrist working at the centre.
Dr Singh said, “Two of our colleagues have been arrested under the NDPS Act for prescribing Buprenorphine. This is the only way to lodge our protest.”
He added, “As per Indian Psychiatry Society, Buprenorphine can be given on OPD basis and this should be allowed instead of arresting our colleagues.”
He also said that patients addicted to opium, poppy husk and heroin can be treated with this drug.
Earlier, the Ludhiana chapter of Psychiatry society had stated that the NDPS Act be withdrawn from Dr Ashish Sharma and Dr Sudha Vasudeva as treating patients with Buprenorphine did not amount to drug peddling.