Panaji: The anti-drug agencies in Goa have raised concern over the illegal narcotics detoxification centers mushrooming along the state's coastline and decided to crack down upon them.
Several medical facilities, like hospitals along the beach sides, have been doubling up as drug detoxification centers, without permission of the authorities, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Superintendent (Goa) Ravi Kumar Rana said.
The authorities are concerned that the number of people going to these illegitimate drug detoxification centers is much more than the state run centre at Goa Medical College near Panaji.
"There are few hospitals in the coastal belt, which are infamous for such treatment. Whenever a patient with drug overdose is referred to them, they clandestinely treat them," Rana said, adding that the hospitals mint money mostly from the foreigners who are admitted there.
The number of foreigners going to such clinics is on a rise in North Goa, a senior official attached to state police's anti-narcotic cell (ANC) said.
The cases of foreigners dying due to drug overdose in these hospitals were also reported in the past.


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