“Some of our patients took 30 goals each [of kamini] per day. “
Of the 12 patients, 11 were men and one woman, with a mean age of 32, more than half of the patients worked as drivers.
“They were all told about the product by word of mouth and told that it would cheer them up, give them energy and make them work longer,” Heyler said.
“The irony is that opioids usually make you fall asleep, so they have the opposite effect, and what’s worth it, they also don’t help sexual function.”
The Therapy Authority has already ruled that Kamini pills “pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken” after trials of the products in 2016, and the products are technically illegal in Australia.
However, because they are often ordered through independent suppliers and are not labeled as opioid products, customs officers can sometimes skip them.
While the study focused on Brisbane, the drug is believed to be sold in many independent grocery stores across the country.
In 2019, the operator of a chain of independent grocery stores in Perth was charged after he tried to illegally export from India 1,200 Kamini tablets as well as a large number of cigarettes and tobacco products.
A study from New Zealand published in 2021 also tells in detail about the cases of 10 men who appeared with opioid abstinence after taking Kamini and similar herbal medicines containing opioids, called Barsha.
All 12 patients identified in the Australian study were successfully treated with standard opioid detoxification techniques.
As of 2022, Hailer said he was unaware of further opioid withdrawal cases after using Kamini, but said that did not mean the problem was gone.
“People may have stopped taking it, but it may also be that Kamini’s supplies have been restored and people can take it again,” he said.
The study is published in the journal Review of drugs and alcohol.