Illegal Cough Syrups Seized in Harare Flat Raid
The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has confiscated 450 bottles of unregistered cough syrups containing opioids during a raid at a flat in Belvedere, Harare. The raid was carried out yesterday after an anonymous tipoff, according to MCAZ director-general Richard Rukwata.
The cough syrups, BronCleer and Adco-Salterpyn, are not authorized for use in Zimbabwe and are being abused by drug addicts. Rukwata said that the misuse of these substances can cause serious health problems and complications.
“MCAZ Inspectors, in collaboration with Officers from the CID Drugs and Narcotics, found and seized 350 bottles of BronCleer cough syrup and 100 bottles of Adco-Salterpyn syrup at Old Trafford flats located at 13 Edmond Avenue, Belvedere, Harare. The suspect who was present at the scene is assisting law enforcement agencies with their investigations,” Rukwata said.
He added that opioids are classified as Dangerous Drugs and that the MCAZ is committed to ensuring that only regulated and approved medicines are available on the market. He urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to drug and substance abuse and distribution or sale of unregulated pharmaceutical products.