With the number of new patients registered at the local Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre in May 2014 numbering nearly 1,200, the police are trying all methods to curb the drug menace.
Even as the focus remains on fighting the social problem through traditional policing means, a softer approach through counseling is also on the radar of the local police department.
Perhaps, as part of this endeavor, Sunday saw the top brass of the police department visit a de-addiction centre and counsel some of those admitted to kick the habit through the power of persuasion and words.
Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh along with additional deputy commissioner of police Parampal Singh visited the Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre and cousel patients on the harmful effects of drugs.
“I assure all doctors of help. The department is also willing to listen to drug addicts and give them time to normalize provided they are also able to show signs of improvement,” said Aulakh.
lAfter a lengthy meeting with Dr PD Garg, who looks after the centre, Aulakh also urged the inmates to show great commitment and help the police in fighting against the drug menace.
“The idea behind coming here is to encourageyoungsters and assure them that the police is with them. In the past few days we have made numerous arrests and virtually smashed the ground network of drug supply. The aim is to support youngsters, who want to leave drugs and also help them in rehabilitation.”
He added that the department was entering into agreements with some NGOs to get free medicines for the patients. “The health minister will also be requested to provide more facilities,” he said.
Dr PD Garg said, “In the past few days, the number of new patients visiting here for de-addiction has increased and our only effort is to help them. Some are admitted here. Apart from giving them motivational lectures, we have also opened a gym.”
ADCP City (I) Parampal Singh, who also motivated the patients, said, “We want to help the drug addicts. The hospital authorities can get any help from us since it is a very serious cause and we all need to fight against it.”