Acting on the instructions of the Punjab government, the Amritsar administration is making all efforts to tackle the problem of drug addiction in the district.
In a press release issued on Monday, the district administration claimed that from April 1 to September 30 last year, the health department conducted raids at 41 medical stores, cancelled the licences of 11 medical stores, registered court cases against seven medical stores and issued show-cause notices to 33 of them.
The release said the administration had organised drug awareness camps in several villages and towns of the district to make people aware of the pitfalls of drug addiction. Besides, plays were staged in border villages by the district administration in association with the Border Security Force (BSF) to generate awareness on the issue.
The district administration has also been holding drug de-addiction camps from time to time. Last year, the administration treated 3,667 addicts, the release added.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal appealed to all residents of the district to participate in the drive against drug abuse and inform the administration if they come across any person selling drugs.