The increase in the drug addiction in Baramulla has evoked serious concern among civil society members even as police have launched a drive to curb the menace by arresting many drug peddlers.
Police have arrested a number of drug peddlers after booking them under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Illicit Trade and Psychotropic Substances (JKPITNDPC) act. Police however sought the public support to curb the menace. “The social responsibility and parental care is must to check the menace,’’ a senior police official said.
“The alcohol consumption among youth has increased over the years. Also there are reports of girls using drugs which should not be neglected,’’ said an official. The increase in drug abuse has been attributed to the easy availability of drugs in the market and use of medicines without prescription.
Dr Abdul Majid, Assistant Professor Psychiatry SKIMS Medical College Bemina, said, “Nobody is born an addict but it is the circumstances which force people to turn to this, members of civil society need to help out people rather than shun them. By social indifference such persons and even families feel socially isolated.” “We have drug de-addiction centers in the Valley which are also doing a good job, where the youth could be referred to by the families.”
The civil society members have expressed concern over the drug abuse.
“The drug abuse has even lead to crimes and the government must play its role in curbing it,” said Muhammad Ramzan Dar, a student psychology who works with Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF). The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has impressed upon the government to check the menace.
“The banned drugs must be checked properly so that their flow to the market can be stopped. We launched a campaign against spurious drugs in the Valley and we are appealing the government to act tough over the menace. The menace is on rise as the drug inspectors are not performing their duties properly which has also contributed to the menace,” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Daga DAK Spokesperson.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain said that police is acting stringently against drug peddlers. “ Recently we arrested 5 drug peddlers from Baramulla and booked them under the NDPS act.’’