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How to save drug users’ lives

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 08 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5050

Re: How to save drug users’ lives

"Drug Rooms" may Produce More Drug Abusers

The epidemic of drug abuse can be slowed down by avoiding over the counter sales of sedatives, hypnotics, anesthetics, analgesics and the opioid group of drugs .

Proper patient selection and prescription of drugs with the potential of addiction for a specific duration should be carefully planned and carried out by health personnel to save drug abusers and to prevent initiation and maintenance of drug abuse.

Providing drug rooms for the so called safe use and administration of intravenous, nasal, oral or even intra arterial recreational drugs may pave the way for more and more increased dosage of drug usage and early development of tolerance. It may also help to develop perverted experimental ways of experiencing recreational drugs.

So the need of the hour is the creation of more drug rehabilitation centres and counselling centres rather than drug rooms.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 August 2019
M.A. Aleem
Emeritus Professor of Neurology * Visiting Specialist in Neurology ** Consultant Neurologist ***
The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University * Dhanalakshami Srinivasan Medical College ** ABC Hospital ***
Chennai 600032* Perambalure 621212** Trichy 620018*** Tamilnadu India