Cough syrup kills 33 in Pakistan
- Published: 29 Dec 2012 at 17.46
- Online news:
LAHORE: Pakistani authorities are investigating cough syrup believed to have killed 33 people in eastern Pakistan in the past three days.
Abdul Jabbar Shaheen said on Saturday that 54 other people being treated at hospitals in the city of Gujranwala were also believed to have consumed the syrup. He said those involved were thought to be labourers or drug addicts who drank the syrup to get high.
Shaheen said chemical samples collected from the victims' stomachs contained dextromethorphan, a synthetic morphine derivative used in cough syrup that can have mind-altering effects if consumed in large quantities.
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