October 2 has been declared as the National Anti-Drug Addiction Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who robustly campaigned against the use of drugs & other harmful substances.Since the past few years, addiction to drugs have been on the rise among the youth of J&K especially the young generation.
A 2019 national study conducted by AIIMS-Delhi in association with 10 notable medical institutes and 15 NGOs, on the ubiquity of drug abuse in the country, establishes that a considerable percentage of people use psychoactive substances (alcohol, cannabis and ophoids), and the youth top the list of drugs users. The study also states that alcohol is the most commonly used psychoactive substance followed by cannabis, ophoids (heroin, opium) and inhalers.
Same is the case in Kashmir,According to a report published by United Nation, Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) around 70 thousand people in Kashmir are addicted to drugs & among them,women constitute approximately 35% . The youth is particularly involved in drug addiction as reported by Government Psychiatric
Hospital Srinagar around 90% drug abusers belong to the age group of 17-35. The states circumstances from last two decades were considered by most people have contributed to various kinds of social and political issues including drug addiction. The lot number of youth has turned to drugs who have directly or indirectly affected by the turmoil in the state, but this is not the only reason behind this
epidemic because there are other reasons as well. However,different initiatives have been taken by J&K govt. to eliminate this menace, including the J&K Police running a number of drug De-Addiction centres in the Kashmir valley.
Unfortunately,A large number of youth from Kashmir are stumbling into a deep,dark & bottomless caldera of drug addiction as the Valley has been inundated with large amount of heroin smuggled thorough the LoC from Pakistan in recent years.Doctors at drug de-addiction centres that are located throughout the valley said that the facilities have been flooded with the patients suffering from this deadly addiction to drugs.The recent study titled “Pattern and prevalence of substance use and dependence in Kashmir: Special focus on Opioids” revealed that heroin is the most widely used opioid in Srinagar & Anantnag.
It has been revealed that a portion of the drugs coming from Pakistan via LoC are being sold in Kashmir, while a major portion is being transported into other states of India. “Trucks from Kashmir going towards Punjab are being used to transport the drugs coming from Pakistan,”.
Government needs to take serious initiatives & setup more & more drug De-addiction centres besides keeping a tight rein on the smuggling of drugs via LOC.Moreover,Awareness programmes has to organised consistently at every panchayat level & district level so as to educate more & more people about the disastrous consequences of drugs.A welfare society can only be achieved by Fully eliminating the jeopardy of this menace.
A DRUG FREE FAMILY IS A HAPPY FAMILY.