Jordan witnesses trade of medical narcotics — Bdour

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AMMAN — Head of the Health Committee at the National Center for Human Rights Ibrahim Al-Badour said that some individuals in the Kingdom have been trading narcotic drugs, with prescription drug Lyrica being sold in some places in Jordan for JD75, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

Narcotic effects can be experienced when taking large doses of certain medicines, such as Lyrica, a drug prescribed to treat nerve damage, Badour said.

Normally, doctors prescribe Lyrica in “reasonable quantities”, although it is given in high doses in some very rare cases, he said, noting that this is also the case with Tramadol.

“There is a substance abuse problem, as well as a trading problem,” Badour said about these drugs, which are licensed and prescribed in specific medical cases, but cause sensations of numbness and escaping reality when taken in large doses.

He added that medical prescription booklets in Jordan contain five pages, or 50 prescriptions, and “according to what a member of the Jordan Medical Association told me, sometimes these booklets sell for as much as JD1,500”.

Head of the Media Committee of the Jordan Medical Association Hazem Al-Qarala said that, if any doctor is proven to have sold prescription booklets for a sum of JD1,500, he or she will immediately be turned over to the authorities to face legal consequences.

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