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Mansa village youths join hands to run de-addiction camp for elderly

Mohammad Ghazali  Mansa, July 18, 2014
First Published: 22:18 IST(18/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:21 IST(18/7/2014)

The striking feature of the village is that there is no any young addict in the village and all the addicts, who are being treated in the camp, are above 50 years of age.

Residents of the village also claim that no youth of the village is an addict in contrast to other parts of the state where mainly youngsters are the addicted to drugs.
Dw
Mandhir Singh, a social activist, is at the forefront of this camp.

"We set up this camp on July 12 and since then we have received nearly 22 patients who have come on their own," he said.
The makeshift camp, which has been set up on a gurdwara land, is being run by 10-15 young volunteers.

"All the patients are 50 plus and they belong to the peasant class," said one of the volunteers.
"We used to take huge dosage of poppy husk, while working in the field," said one of the patients.

The patients said that they feel it's better to be treated here in the camp rather than getting admitted in the nearest Khyala de-addiction centre. However, the camp is facing difficulties in providing free medicines to the patients.

''After the deputy commissioner's visit on the inaugural day of this camp, we have been receiving medicines from the Khyala centre for free, but we are not sure how long will we receive free supply of medicines?", said one of the volunteers.

Organisers of the camp are also inviting psychiatrists and visiting doctors to interact with and motivate the patients to get rid of the addiction to drugs. "We will keep running the camp if we receive the same response from the patients and the people around," said Mandhir.

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