A pill originally marketed as “Indian Viagra” and containing Opium is being openly sold in South Asian grocery stores in Australia.
SBS Radio’s Punjabi program uncovered the illegal importation of the pill known as Kamini Vidrawan Ras (Kamini) after listeners raised concerns. The pill, which contains highly addictive substances as well as heavy toxic metal, is being sold as ancient Indian herbal therapy but there’s nothing holistic about it. Independent laboratory testing on products purchased in Melbourne revealed that the pills contain Codeine, Morphine and Papaverine — major components found in Opium.
“Many people have contacted us about opiates and other illicit substances imported from India being easily accessible in most Australian cities,” SBS Punjabi Radio executive producer Manpreet Kaur Singh said. The investigation found there was between one and five per cent (approximately between 2mg and 20mg) of Opium in a typical Kamini tablet. “This is definitely not an Ayurvedic medicine. It contains chemicals and components which are probably banned in most countries around the world. It is highly addictive. This medicine is so dangerous that if someone overdoses on it, it can even be fatal,” Melbourne medical practitioner Dr Gurdip Aurora told SBS.
It’s believed the pills may be imported into Australia alongside grocery items.
Photo credit: SBS
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