What about focus on de-addiction?

  • Raghbir Singh Brar, Hindustan Times, Faridkot/Muktsar
  • Updated: May 30, 2014 08:54 IST

The police here seem to be on a spree to register more and more cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), but little is being done to motivate youth to get rid of the habit and put them on the path of de-addiction.

The police, under political pressure, are registering more and more FIRs to create a fear psychosis among the masses, mainly addicts, after the ruling alliance faced the heat of the issue during the recent parliamentary elections.

In both the districts, 150 cases have been registered in eight days. However, the seizures remain low, given the tall claims of “secret raids”.

Even early-morning search operations have yielded little results.

The Muktsar police, on Tuesday, laid a seize of Seerwali village and in the search operation, with the help of nearly 300-strocg force, ended up recovering only 550 gm of intoxicant powder, 49 injections, 32 capsules and 5-kg poppy husk from the village and five people were booked in separate cases.

The Faridkot police had laid a seize of Kameana gate locality on Sunday, infamous for drug use, but could recover less than 50 gm of smack and 10gm heroin and booked six people.

Raids notwithstanding, people also want that the government to take steps for de-addiction.


“Most of the cases are allegedly being registered against drug addicts and the small suppliers and big suppliers remainout of the reach of the police,” said Darshan Singh, former sarpanch of Dhilwan village.

“Unemployment is leading to frustration among the youth and is responsible for pushing them to take to drugs as the government has failed to engage the them productive works,” the former sarpanch said.

However, peer pressure, curiosity to taste, role models and glamorising the drugs in films, addiction among family elders are the other main reasons behind the increasing drug addiction among the youth.

Also easy availability of drugs, Punjabi songs and allegedly distorted version of Punjabi culture are the other reasons behind the menace.

“We have 20 beds and all are occupied for the last two-three months unlike earlier, when during the harvesting season, the number of addicted people admitted to the facility fell short, but now we have 25 patients and many others are in the waiting,” said Dr Satish Thappar, head of the psychiatry department of Guru Gobind Singh medical college, Faridkot.

Dr Surinder Kumar, civil surgeon, Farikdot, added, “We have a 10-bedded deaddiction facility in the civil hospital, 10-bedded at the jail while a 20-bedded facility in GGS medical college besides a rehab centre run by the Red Cross Society.” However, the addicts approach the centres on their own, without any government help.

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