Kashmir has witnessed shocking rise in heroin abuse. Media reports reveal that 90% of patients admitted to de-addiction centre at SMHS Hospital since Jan 2019 were heroin addicts.
The drug addiction is consuming the lives of youth and is ruining their lives. Recently the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while delivering a Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid, had called on the society to wake up before it gets too late.
The drug abuse is taking a heavy toll on the generation next. If we just keep on acting as mute spectators we will end up as big losers. The need of the hour is to launch a massive drive against the drug peddlers and the people who sell this poison. Jammu and Kashmir Police have already taken the lead and have launched a massive crackdown against the drug mafia. But people need to come forward and support the initiative.
The religious clerics can play a major role. They need to take a cue from Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and make the people aware about the drug abuse threatening the very existence of Kashmiri society.
Experts are of the opinion that younger generation falling prey to heroin can wreak havoc across the Valley. By abusing heroin the youngsters are committing a suicide. They need to be stopped before situation turns catastrophic.
Before 2016, there was hardly any heroin user in Kashmir. The trend has increased manifolds during the past three years and this could prove to be the last nail in the coffin.
Figures are alarming and so could be the consequences. We need to put our heads together and stop the younger generation from getting carried away.