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Abuse of OTC drugs rising in South Asia

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7183.556b (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:556

Pharmaceutical preparations available without prescriptions (over the counter drugs) have emerged as drugs of serious misuse across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, a report released last week in New Delhi warned.

The report from the United Nations International Drug Control Programme also said that intravenous drug use and addiction to multiple drugs are escalating.

Processed and synthetic drugs are …

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