Increase in use of e-drugs has been found in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Udupi districts.

The E-Drug menace Ktaka police to check drugs in e-cigarettes and online deliveryImage for representation only
news Drugs Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 09:37

Months after the Karnataka government banned the use of e-cigarettes, the state police seem to be staring at a crisis, as they are finding it difficult to track the inflow of e-drugs.

Electronic deodorized drugs or e-drugs are reportedly now being used rampantly in the state, especially by the college-going community in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Udupi districts. 

The Times of India reports that vaping cannabis, hashish, Lysergic Acid Diathylamide (LSD) and other drugs available in liquid form through e-cigarettes have become rampant, with the enforcement officials finding it difficult to track their inflow.

Since e-drugs do not leave ash for smoke, the users find it easier to evade detection.

Bhaskar Rao, additional director general of police, crime told TOI,

 “They are using e-drugs as there's less chances of detection compared to packaged drugs. E-drug has been a problem abroad for long. Now India and Karnataka too are getting affected. It's difficult to curb the flow of electronic drugs as they are purchased online and delivered through courier.”

According to the report, the state police are in the process of negotiating with e-commerce websites to formulate a mechanism to track the inflow of e-drugs. 

Dr Vishal Rao, oncologist and member of the High Powered Committee of Tobacco Control, Karnataka pointed out that the use of e-cigarettes has become a discreet way of consuming drugs. 



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