Why has potassium permanganate become a deficit?

We have been dealing with potassium permanganate (or, in scientific terms, potassium permanganate) since childhood: all mothers and grandmothers know that baths with potassium permanganate solution contribute to the rapid healing of the baby's umbilical wound and disinfect water.

Potassium permanganate can also be used to treat wounds (some experts strongly recommend using potassium permanganate, not iodine). A weak solution is used for gastric lavage during poisoning and for gargling in case of illness.

If a few years ago potassium permanganate was freely sold in any pharmacy, now it is almost impossible to find potassium permanganate. What's the matter?

There are several reasons for this. The first is that this drug is used for the preparation of certain narcotic drugs, such as "vinta". Officially, such prohibited drugs are called "precursors", they are regularly identified and annually added to the list of prohibited for sale in Russia. But how this drug is made is known to few, and the fact that potassium permanganate is a powerful catalyst for certain processes in the manufacture of a drug is known even to schoolchildren.

The second point is related to precautionary measures: the substance is explosive. Not all pharmacies are equipped in a manner appropriate for the sale of potassium permanganate. For its maintenance, the pharmacy room must be either trimmed with metal shields and door frames, or impregnated with a special refractory substance. It is forbidden to display such medicines on display.

Also, some owners of "crazy pens" can inadvertently risk their own and other people's lives.

However, in fairness, it should be noted that the main reason for the withdrawal from the sale of the drug is the first version.

According to the Ministry of Social Health, pharmacies can dispense up to 6 grams of potassium permanganate without a prescription. Pharmacists were obliged to tighten control over the sale of potassium permanganate: pharmacies are required to record the consumption-receipt of the drug in reporting logs and report at the end of each month how much is sold and how much is left.

Those who plan to visit Ukraine or Belarus need to know that in these countries potassium permanganate is included in the list of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.

Border guards draw the attention of citizens that an attempt to smuggle potassium permanganate can be qualified under a criminal article on drug smuggling.