District people should be made aware about free treatment being provided at drug de-addiction centres so that victims could avail free diagnosis and save themselves from the ill effects of drugs, said SAS Nagar deputy commissioner (DC) Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu while presiding over a meeting of health department officers at the district administrative complex on Thursday.
Sidhu said: “Awareness among people belonging to grassroot level must be spread for complete eradication of drug abuse. Besides, help from panchayat, social service groups and youth clubs is also needed.”
The DC asked the health department officers to conduct weekly meetings to be presided over by senior medical officers at government health service centres in the district.
“In these meetings, auxiliary nursing and midwifery (ANM), Asha workers should also be included so that the drug de-addiction campaign can be run effectively.”
Primary activities for establishing rehabilitation centre in SAS Nagar had been initiated. This rehabilitation centre would have proper infrastructure for rehabilitation of victims and would provide free treatment to them, the DC added.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), SAS Nagar, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said, “Police will cooperate with drug victims so that they can live their normal lives. Drug peddlers will not be exempted at any cost and we will take strict action against them. Anybody can inform about drug peddlers at helpline number 8146012345. Secrecy of the informer will not be disclosed to anyone.”