After six people committed suicide in Kerala due to non-availability of alcohol due to lockdown, Kerala government decided to issue special passes for alcoholics with withdrawal symptoms. Addicts can now purchase alcohol from the excise department after a doctor prescribes it to them.
While alcohol killed nearly six people since lockdown, COVID-19 so far killed only two in Kerala.
With over 1.6 million alcoholics in the state, as per psychiatrists and social scientists, almost 45% of them are chronic alcoholics. Hence government on Monday issued an order despite an objection from association of doctors for the same.
Addicts can approach Public Health Centres, Taluk hospitals, district hospitals, general hospitals or the medical college hospitals and get examined by the doctor. As per a report in NDTV, “If such a person gets a prescription from the doctors saying he has withdrawal symptoms, he could be provided with liquor in a controlled manner.”
However, alcohol shops won’t be kept opened in the state.