Fateh Singh, 34, a resident of Gill village under Baghapurana subdivision in the district, said that when the anti-drug campaign was started in Punjab and some social workers came to his house to motivate him against drugs. He acted upon their advice and became normal.
"I had been working as a conductor in a mini-bus for the past five years. During this period, one day some colleagues gave me a little bit of poppy husk and after that I started taking poppy husk every day. Unfortunately, the owner of my company sacked me from job last year. Hence, I had no job but I was became a drug addict. I use to buy poppy husk at high rates," said Fateh Singh.
He further said, "Whatever I earned, I spent it on buying poppy husk. Fortunately, social workers of my village came to my house and they provided me some medicines. I took them for three months and now I feel very well. My emplyer has given me job as a conductor to me again."
Gurdeep Singh, (39), a resident of Mallha village, who is a labourer, gave up opium addiction one year ago.
"I used to purchase opium even at the rate of Rs 4,000 per 50 gram because I took opium two times a day. When, after the police action, the supply of opium was stopped, I decided to get rid of it," said Gurdeep Singh.
"I started taking medicines but they were also not easily available. Some of my close relatives told me about their availability at government hospitals as well as drug de-addiction centres. Therefore, I went to a local drug de-addiction centre and got myself admitted there. After two months, I got out of the habit and now I feel good. My parents and my wife had co-operated with me to get out of the habit," he added.