Drug Free Srinagar
Published on March 24, 2022 | author Rising cashmere
Yesterday Honorable LG Manoj Sinha flew in the “Spring Run for Drug-Free Srinagar” at the world-famous Dal Lake. This event was part of the County Council’s IEC effort to raise public awareness of drug abuse and its harmful effects on society. Around 1,500 people, mostly young people, took part in the spring run and were committed to freeing society from the drug problem. This is a welcome move by the administration and deserves recognition. While the government and related agencies are doing their best to eradicate the drug threat in the valley, more needs to be done to achieve the goal of a drug-free society. Many medical experts believe that the ready availability of medicines with sedative properties is one of the main reasons for the rise in drug abuse in the valley. It is a fact that young people are more likely to fall into the trap of substance abuse, especially when the drugs or substances are easily available. While it is the responsibility of the J&K Police Department to confiscate and destroy all illegal drugs and substances and to hold the peddlers accountable, it is also the responsibility of other institutions and agencies to step up the fight against drug abuse. There are two facets to the larger problem of drug abuse in the UT in general and in the Kashmir Valley in particular on which investigations must be based. One relates to the “why part” – why are cases piling up despite campaigns and warnings. There is a belief that many young people fall for drugs. Such a belief needs to be backed up with evidence, which can be done through further surveys and studies. It’s not just about getting an accurate picture, but also knowing the underlying reasons. The second, equally important aspect is drug trafficking. From opioids to prescription drugs, the distribution chain and production must be closely monitored. When drugs and substances are readily available or accessible, abuse is likely. When the availability of drugs and substances classified as “abused” is widespread in the UT, it calls into question the work of law enforcement in the UT. Where do the drugs come from is a serious question that needs to be answered. To make matters worse, there are few addiction and counseling centers, taboos, undesirable social behavior and addiction and abuse crime. We must first convince ourselves whether the measures – seminars, events and symposiums – are sufficient to deal with this difficult situation of society, or whether a sustainable, effective and comprehensive strategy is required to prevent the increasing drug abuse in the valley.