On the directions of the state government to keep tabs on drug addiction, the Jalandhar rural police and health department have opened 10 de-addiction and rehabilitation centres at community health centres (CHCs) in the district to make Punjab a “drugfree” state.
Though people are afraid of taking treatment for drug addiction, now they can go to such centres and take advice from doctors and avail free treatment medicines.
De-addiction centres have opened at 10 places, including Shahkot, Shankar, Nurmahal, Kartarpur, Kala Bakra, Bara Pind, Adampur Apra, Lohia and Wadala.
SP (detective), Jalandhar rural police, HPS Khakh, said the government had deputed a special doctor along with one head constable and a constable to take care of drug addicts who would come for treatment at these centres.
“The panchayat secretaries and patwaris have been authorised to aware villagers about centres,” Khakh added.
People can also call and take advice from doctors. The service will be provided 24 hours a day to patients.
Local bodies secretary JM Balamurugan and DIG Naunihal Singh visited Nawanshahr to explore the potential of drug deaddiction centres in the district.
Balamurugan and Singh accompanied by deputy commissioner Anindita Mitra and SSP Sanmeet Kaur visited centres situated at Balachaur, Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Red Cross de-addiction and rehabilitation centre, and held discussions for making a comprehensive plan to augment the facilities for extending proper care to addicts.