Srinagar, Dec 15: Civil Society Forum Kashmir (CSFK) Friday appealed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take adequate measures to control drug addiction in J&K State.
In a statement, CSFK expressed deep anguish and sorrow over the Drug addiction that according to them has completely taken over the “social fabric of our society and yet the whole system is acting just a mute spectator to this grave issue.” They said that thousands of youth educated, uneducated employed, unemployed, male and female have fallen prey to the drugs. “There is absolutely no age bar and gender bar in drug addiction in J&K State. Addicts as young as nine-year-old have been found. The pattern of drug addiction in J&K State is that an addict starts with psychotropic medicines like Corex, Codeine and capsules and eventually reaches to the level of using heroine,” they said.
The statement added that if the health department would have played a responsible role from beginning to control sale of such medicines over the counter and even in open markets, lots of lives could have been saved. “But unfortunately health dep’t continues its role as a mute spectator to the problems instead of repeated request and reminders to the department,” they said.
CSFK on behalf of society appealed Chief Minister to immediately pay attention to this issue and ensure logistic and holistic measures are taken to curb the problem of drug addiction in J&K State.
In controlling drug addiction, J&K state is already very late as thousands and thousands people have fallen prey to this problem as on date considering the dimensions of drug addiction it is now not an issue of any single individual or a single department.
“The only way forward is to establish a coordinated body of different departments like Health, Education, Social Welfare, Agriculture and Excise supported by J&K Police,” the statement added.
The CSFK also appealed to society at large, parents, teaches, family members, friends, Mohalla committees, Masjid committees and religious scholars in particular to come forward and play their vital role in controlling the problem of drug addiction. (KNS)