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Army major arrested over illegal cough syrup

By buseman, Jul 18, 2010 | |
  1. buseman
    Police in Bangladesh have arrested an army major accused of transporting hundreds of bottles of an illegal cough syrup.

    Phensidyl has opium-based codeine in it and is widely abused.

    Since drinking liquor is not permitted for Muslims in Bangladesh, the syrup is used as an alternative to alcohol, heroin and cocaine.

    Researchers say the abuse of the drug seriously affects the liver and central nervous system, and can kill the user if used long-term.

    The problem of Phensidyl was so widespread the government banned the use of the syrup in 1982.

    But thousands of bottles of the syrup are still being smuggled into Bangladesh, mostly from neighbouring India.



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