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This Patiala woman is beacon of hope for drug addicts

As many as 599 addicts reportedly received treatment at the hospital from January to June this year.

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2018 13:31 IST
Sunil Rahar
Sunil Rahar
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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Parminder Kaur Manchanda claims to have treated more than 12,000 drug addicts over the past 22 years. (HT Photo)

A 48-year-old woman from Patiala claims to have treated more than 12,000 drug addicts over the past 22 years.

Reportedly, 30 to 40% addicts were rehabilitated under the guidance of Parminder Kaur Manchanda, who works as a project manager at Saket Hospital. The hospital is run by Indian Red Cross drug de-addiction society.

As many as 599 addicts reportedly received treatment at the hospital from January to June this year. Out-patient care (OPD) treatment was given to 289 patients and 310 received in-patient care (IPD).

Manchanda wants the state government to award her for her contributions in eradicating drug abuse in the state after working on a low salary.

Over 50 drug addicts are reportedly treated daily in a 30-bed district rehabilitation centre here. However, many affected families have been waiting for their turn.

Manchanda observed in early 90’s, most alcohol and opium addicts were found to be between 45-70 years old. “Now the scenario has changed. Most of the victims are in the age group from 9 to 35 years.

“Mostly addicts do heroin, but opium and synthetic drugs are also commonly used,” she said.

She pointed out that most of the addicts come from Samana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar and nearby places in Patiala. “The addicts are treated at the centre with medical treatment along with proper counselling,” she said.

On the condition of anonymity, a councillor said that a drug addict can give up drugs after completing a course of one-and-a-half month. “Some of the parents took their children halfway through the course. Parents need to keep eye on suspicious activities of their children,” he added.

Civil surgeon Harish Malhotra said, “She is doing a tremendous job to help the drug addicts. She has given a new path to many drug victims.”

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 13:31 IST