Drug trafficking booms during pandemic times
By DK Sinha
Patna: On the basis of inputs received from INTERPOL, CBI has issued an alert to states/UT/central agencies relating to international drug trafficking activities, taking advantage of Covid-19 pandemic.
“Based on inputs received from INTERPOL, CBI has issued an alert relating to international drug trafficking activities taking advantage of this global pandemic scenario and of possible drug shipments concealed in cargo relating to Covid-19 protective equipments,” the premier investigating agency said in a terse media statement.
The report, on drug market trends during the coranavirus crisis, published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that many countries across all regions have reported an overall shortage of numerous types of drugs at the street level, as well as price increases for consumers on the black market and reductions in purity.[the_ad_placement id=”content-placement-after-3rd-paragraph”]
Some drug users have consequently been switching substances, for example from heroin to synthetic opioids, and some are increasingly seeking accessing to drug treatment.
The drug consumption across Bihar, particularly in the state capital has alarmingly increased after the total prohibition was enforced on April 5, 2016, fuelling secretive supply and sale of narcotics like brown sugar.[the_ad_placement id=”sidebar-feed”]