Three men from Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district have lost their lives after consuming paint and varnish.
As per reports, the men were alcoholic and had been suffering from withdrawal syndrome for several days due to the non-availability of alcohol due to the nationwide lockdown.
After not being able to source liquor from anywhere, they desperately ended up mixing paint and varnish and consuming the poisonous mixture.
They were then rushed to Chengalpattu government hospital after they were found vomiting and in a serious condition.
Unfortunately, the three men identified as Shivasankar, Pradeep and Sivaramandied in the hospital.
The Kerala government recently passed an order in which it allowed the sale of liquor to those suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms on the basis of a prescription given by a government doctor.
The order had been issued after it was reported that 10 persons from the state had allegedly committed suicide after suffering from alcoholic problems.
However, the state government order allowing the sale of liquor to those suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms has been stayed by the Kerala High Court recently.
The High Court had issued a stay on the government order after listening to a writ petition filed by GS Vijayakrishnan, Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMO) general secretary who had challenged the government’s order.
“Even if a liquor addict may suffer from Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS) commonly called as withdrawal symptoms due to non -availability of liquor, however, the prescription of liquor for such person by a doctor is unethical and goes against the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002,” the High Court stated.