AUTHORITIES URGED TO PUT BENLYN IN A CATEGORY OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG

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AUTHORITIES URGED TO PUT BENLYN IN A CATEGORY OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG

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Mwenya Mofya

 

The Ministry of Health has emphasized the need for relevant authorities to expedite the process of ensuring that Benlyn, a cough syrup which contains codeine is put in a category of a prescription drug to avoid it being abused.

 

Recently, the Zambia Revenue Authority intercepted 144 cases of Benlyn cough syrup that contains a narcotic drug called codeine which poses a high risk of its users developing tolerance and eventually dependence on it.

 

It has been observed that Bus Drivers, pupils, students and some working class are consuming several bottles of Benlyn to get high and become more alert.

 

Speaking in an interview with 5fm news, Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr Abel Kabalo stresses the need for citizens to avoid abusing the drug as it has sedative effects of causing brain damage when taken in excess.

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