Capsules and pills that come cheaper than heroin and cocaine have made drug abuse rampant even among middle-class youngsters. If the SAS Nagar police data of the past two years is an indication, youngsters are hooked on commonly available pills and capsules.
The data reveals that the police have arrested 92 drug peddlers with 14,000 pills and capsules till May this year. Of these around 7,300 pills were recovered in a week during the special drug drive conducted by the police. The police authorities claim that free availability of these drugs being sold without prescription and also low price are the main reasons for the trend.
Police sources say that most of the drug peddlers revealed during interrogation that their clients were youngsters from colleges. The police blame this on the paying guest (PG) culture and say that those living independently are addicted to drugs.
A police official said: “The situation is bad. We recently found two girls, who had consumed drugs, lying unconscious. They were taken to the hospital. We didn’t register a case as this could have soiled their future. We, however, informed their parents. Almost every day, we come across many youngsters who had consumed drugs or liquor. It’s not possible to so many cases. Parents don’t know what their children are up to. There should be regular interaction between parents and children so our younger generation could be saved from the ill-effects of drugs.”
Apart from habit-forming pills and capsules, the police have also seized huge quantity of opium and poppy husk and smack from drug peddlers. This year till May 31, the police have recovered 5kg of opium and 181kg of poppy husk, besides 62 grams of heroin.
The police claim that those arrested for drug peddling are not from the SAS Nagar. The menace can be controlled if the Chandigarh and Panchkula police conduct special drives against drugs, said a police official.
During the one-week drive, the SAS Nagar police arrested 10 drug peddlers belonging to, nine belonging to Chandigarh and 29 belonging to Punjab. Two Nigerians residing in Chandigarh were also arrested earlier this year, who reportedly had a huge clientele of youngsters.
SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said: “We are determined to root out drug abuse. The gathered date will be shared with our counterparts in Chandigarh and Panchkula so that we all work in a coordinated manner to check this menace. Also we are also launching a special drive to counsel youngsters on drug abuse.”