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Health Ministry urges sex drugs probe

Published:Monday | October 28, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Health Ministry is urging law enforcement authorities to investigate how certain drugs being used as sexual enhancers are entering the island.

The ministry was responding to a story reported in the Sunday Gleaner revealing how schoolboys and young men flock downtown Kingston shops for Viagra, Cialis and other pharmaceuticals that should be issued only with a prescription.

The Director of Health Promotions, Dr Kevin Harvey says that the Jamaica Customs Agency and other authorities will have to find out how the drugs are being imported.

Harvey says the illegal sale of pharmaceuticals also involves drugs other than those for sexual stimulation.

The Sunday Gleaner reported that schoolboys and young men are paying between $500 and $1,800 to purchase drugs for men with erectile dysfunction.

The thriving black market for pills is estimated to value millions of dollars.

Doctors have warned that the abuse of the drugs could lead to serious medical complications and even sudden death.


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