SHRC Chairman expresses concern over rising trends of drug abuses, heroin addiction

Srinagar, Jul 26: Expressing concern at rising trends of drug abuses, especially heroin addiction in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commissioner (SHRC) Justice Bilal Nazki said that the number of Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre should be increase in the valley to fight this addiction.
A police spokesperson said that the SHRC Chairman paid a visit to Police Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre in Police Control Room (PCR), Kashmir on Thursday.
He said Justice Nazki went around and reviewed the facilities being provided at centre in the summer capital, Srinagar.
The SHRC Chairman was briefed about the functioning of the Centre and maintaining of Out Patient Department (OPD) and In Patient Department (IPD) facility at the Centre by a team of dedicated professionals.
Justice Nazki interacted with the patients particularly those who were addicted to heroin and expressed his surprise at the rising trend of drug abusers especially heroine in the valley which is very expensive.
The spokesperson said that heroin is an expensive drug that costs about Rs 3000 to Rs 3500 per gram. “Usually patients from affluent backgrounds can afford to buy a drug like heroine but the patients from lower economic strata resort to theft and other criminal activities to finance their odd habit of consuming heroine,” he said.
Justice Nazki suggested that treatment cost at Rehabilitation Centre for economically weaker sections needs to be sponsored.
He said that it is extremely unfortunate that girls have also started abusing drugs. Besides, no such Rehabilitation facilities are available for them which were the need of hour.
Justice Nazki also had a group discussion with families of substance abusers. Many grievances were shared by the family members with Justice Nazki. He suggested that we must face this challenge collectively as a society.