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The Cosmetics Devices and Drugs Control Authority said there was a high tendency of school children getting addicted to sexual enhancement drugs to merely get a kick out of such drugs, which has become a serious issue.

“We have received information that the use of sexual enhancement drugs among school children have increased in the recent past. This medicine should be used only under a prescription as it has more side effects. We have information about the amount of this medicine used in Sri Lanka. We know the amount imported by the government as well. We have learnt that these medicines are smuggled into the country through the customs. Having considered all these facts, we can say that there is an increase in the use of these drugs in the country. This is not a good trend”,  the Authority’s Director Dr. Hemantha Beneragama said.

When asked if the banning of these drugs would help prevent this situation, he said banning alone would not help curb it.

“We have banned some drugs while the import of some other drugs has been limited in the country. We must educate people including parents to reduce the use of these drugs among the school children. We have instructed our provincial directors and district directors in this regard. Apart from that we are conducting island wide workshops to educate pharmacists and pharmacy owners about the ethics related to the sale of drugs”, he said.

Dr. Beneragama said they had taken three steps to address this issue. The first step was to educate parents; the second was to educate pharmacists and pharmacy owners and the third was to implement the law against the perpetrators.

Dr. Beneragama said some unscrupulous agents had lured the school children, who were more vulnerable, to these drugs.

“The school children are easy to be lured into these habits. Out of more than 5000 brands of medicinal drugs available in the market today only 400 generic varieties were included in the essential medicine list. We admit that there are more brands in the market,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Indika Sri Aravinda)


Video by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 8

  • Sonali de Silva Friday, 04 October 2013 12:09 AM

    Most parents are so absorbed in trying to make ends meet that the rarely have time to monitor their children. As a result, school going children, who are vulnerable, will be led astray and fall prey to these drugs. Parents however busy they are should be aware of their children's daily activities and the friends they cultivate.

    larief Friday, 04 October 2013 12:46 AM

    Thanks for your initiative. One Doctor from Sri Lanka prescribed a medicine to one of my friend (for anxiety ) . Side effect of this drug is reduce in sexual activities. He suddenly notice decline in this area and had doubt about the drug and did search in goggle found that the drug was main cause. But our doctors never advise patients with regard to side effects and they think they are kings and Monarch. Same drug is banned in Australia. you can imagine mentality of the doctors in our country. They never have the history of the patent . patent always have to remind his history whareas other countries government taken initiatives to connect doctors

    larief Friday, 04 October 2013 12:48 AM

    I suggest everyone to search about side effects about medicine when doctors prescribe them . your own initiate will protect your life. Google or any other search engine in internet is the ideal tool

    Sunil Bernard Friday, 04 October 2013 01:39 AM

    Never used so called enhancement drugs !. Doing enough physical work and walking everyday, fit as 20-25 youth (in every area).

    kasun Friday, 04 October 2013 05:53 AM

    This country is gone to the dogs.

    ANTON Friday, 04 October 2013 06:16 AM


    xlntgson Friday, 04 October 2013 07:33 AM

    Patent or patient? Don't trust a child who tells lies spy how they spend pocket money rather don't give money at all.

    Grace Friday, 04 October 2013 08:15 AM

    It is absurd to advise patients to search informations about medicines because most of the patients have not internet facilities. Only God knows how may patients are suffering from side effects of medicines because of doctors' mistakes.

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