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Fighting drug menace

Srinagar | Posted : Dec 7 2017 1:44AM | Updated: Dec 6 2017 11:15PM

The drug addiction among the youth is on the rise across the state. Every day, the police arrest drug peddlers with drugs not only in Kashmir but in Chenab Valley and Pirpanjal region as well. While the police crusade to eradicate the menace continues, the state has become a hotspot for sale, purchase and consumption of drugs. The problem lies in easy availability of drugs across the state especially in some parts of North and South Kashmir. Some areas where drugs are sold with impunity are Batpora, Armpora, Chankhan, Tarazoo and Bomai Sopore where smuggling of drugs like cannabis, opium, and heroine is going on unabated. Similar reports from Khowjabagh, Flood Colony, Old town, Azadgung, and upper hills of Dardpora and Kandi belt of Baramulla have also been received. Similarly some areas like Bijbehara and adjoining villages, Kulgam and scores of villages in Anantnag are also on the watch list. It is not fair to leave everything to the police. The parents and the civil society have a vital role to play in this regard. According to a top police official, the drug addicts start stealing money from their own homes to buy themselves a dose. The young college going drug addicts often cheat their parents off the extra money in the name of tuition fees and pocket money. The parents need ensure that their wards are regularly attending their schools, colleges and tuition centres. Occasionally, they must search the pockets of their wards to look out for traces of drugs. The civil society has to look out for any suspicious moment around educational institutions.  Unfortunately Jammu and Kashmir is a transit place for international movement of drugs where they are locally cultivated and manufactured. As per a recent study carried out by a local NGO CAUSE (Concerned about Universal Social Empowerment), Drug addiction in Kashmir is increasing at an alarming rate with growing number of minors and youngsters involved in the act. However the pilot study revealed that 22 percent graduates, 6 percent post graduates and over 2 percent PhD holders in the state are involved in it. The remedial measures have to be taken now. Let us wake up before it is too late.