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Queensland: Opioid poppy found in an illegal grocery store

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The illegal plant product is responsible for the fact that some Queenslanders have been hospitalized due to opioid dependence with a substance sold under the counter at Brisbane grocery stores.

Fireplaces, commonly known as Kamini Balls, are illegal imports from India that contain addictive opioids that consumers are often unaware of.

According to researchers, beads made of opium poppy are often mistaken for aphrodisiacs – food or a drug that increases sexual activity.

Jerome Haylor, medical director of Metro North’s Mental Health Service, said 12 patients were being treated for an opioid disorder because of this product after patients sought help for cancellation as prices rose after the pandemic.

“Feedback from patients undergoing treatment in drug treatment services is that they bought kamini because they heard that it improves energy levels and helps them work more hours.” he said.

Camera iconKamini is the name of an illegal product sold under the counter in grocery stores in Queensland. Supplied by / SBS Credit: Supplied

“There is a misconception that this is an aphrodisiac, in fact it is likely to have the opposite effect.

“It would seem people are unaware of the dangers of addiction to fireplaces and have been shocked by withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, diarrhea, runny nose, poor sleep.”

He said some patients had been trying to control their use for months before seeking professional help, raising concerns that the problem was more common than it seemed.

Kamini comes in small glass bottles that contain the herbal product under 40 brown balls.

During the pandemic, illegal traders sold bottles for $ 130, but due to supply problems the price rose to $ 180, making it less affordable for residents who could buy up to four bottles each week and are already addicted.

Kamini is the name of an illegal product sold under the counter in grocery stores in Queensland.  Image: included / SBS
Camera iconFireplaces are sold in the form of small ball-brown balls. Supplied by / SBS Credit: Supplied

In extreme cases, some users swallowed up to 30 pills a day, the equivalent of taking 60 mg of OxyContin – a drug designed to treat severe pain but is known for the opiate crisis in America.

“Once the brain’s receptor gets daily nutrition, if you want, if you try to pick it up, the brain really loudly protests.” said Dr. Haylor.

“It’s something that people get stuck in and it’s very difficult to escape.”

According to the Office of Therapeutic Products (TGA), imports are banned in Australia.

“These pills pose a serious danger to your health and should not be taken,” the regulator said.

Queensland health experts documented their findings on fireplace dependence in a study published Friday.

“I speak as a warning about the dangers of fireplaces and encourage people to seek treatment,” Dr. Hallar said.

Opium poppy
Camera iconOpium poppy is a key ingredient in an illegal product. Supplied. Credit: News Corp Australia

“We would like to see the sale of illegal off-the-shelf products stopped in Queensland.”

“We know that cheap cigarettes and vaping products are also readily available.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/queensland-opioid-poppies-found-in-an-illegal-grocery-store-product-c-6780395

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