A few months ago Jammu and Kashmir High Court had directed the State Government to consider the issue of drug addiction on a special platform which has been adopted by other states.
Hearing a Public Interest litigation, a division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura held that the issue relating to drug addiction would have to be considered on the special platform as has been adopted by other states by setting up drug de-addiction centers and rehabilitation units for the victims.
The High Court has said the drug addiction is on rise in Jammu and Kashmir and there are very few drug de-addiction centers and these don’t have adequate staff strength.
The people who want to give up the drug addiction have to face lot of difficulties due to the limited options available in the state. Many people have to visit other states to get rid of drugs.
Another important factor which the state government has to look in is that drugs are easily available in the open market and a few people have made a fortune by selling drugs and promoting this illegal trade. Besides setting up drug de-addiction centers the state government should also crack a whip on those people who are into the business of selling this poison in the open market.
The need of the hour is to create awareness among the young boys and girls that by taking refuge in drugs they are ruining their lives and careers. Lot needs to be done to get rid of this menace which has ruined many families and has spoilt the career of Jammu and Kashmir’s generation next.
The government needs to act on the observations made by the division bench of High Court and ensure that drug de-addiction are set up in the Valley and the people involved in this trade are dealt with sternly.