Drug de-addiction centres have been started at all three civil hospitals in Dera Bassi.
Gagandip Singh Grewal, special principal secretary to Punjab chief minister, visited the hospitals to assess the available medical infrastructure essential for the centres.
Informing that the administration, including police, had been told to soften their approach towards drug addicts, Grewal said, "Treat a drug victim as drug sick rather than a drug addict."
He added that the drug addicts would be hospitalised in three phases. First, identifying those who were willing to give up drugs; second, their medical treatment along with counseling; and last, their rehabilitation. Medicines and treatment would be provided to the patients free of cost.
Grewal said eight doctors in the district had been selected for special training to tackle drug victims during their treatment. He added that a total of 54 cases had come up for treatment at Dera Bassi civil hospital.