Drug addiction is the axis of all social ills: DC Aijaz Asad


To discuss the action plan to curb drug abuse and narcotics trade in Srinagar, a district level committee of the Narcotics Coordinating Center (NCORD) met today under the chairmanship of the Deputy Srinagar Commissioner, Mohammad Aijaz Asad here at the DC Office Complex conference room.
At the beginning, the Deputy Commissioner discussed various issues related to the threat of drug addiction, areas of concern, age group of drug addicts, drug trafficking/abuse hotspots, illicit culture poppy and cannabis in the district.
The DC insisted on officers from all technical departments, especially members of NCORD which was launched by the government to strengthen measures at different levels to combat drug trafficking and ensure better coordination between departments.
DC has also focused on holding awareness camps in schools and colleges on a large scale to educate young people about the dangers and harmful effects of drug use.
The DC also directed officers from all operational departments to work in coordinated efforts to contain drug trafficking to break the supply chain and take stringent action against those involved in the dangerous drug trade.
The DC said that to combat this growing societal problem, a multi-pronged rehabilitation, counseling and guidance policy is being implemented on the ground to monitor drug abuse and take corrective action to curb the threatens. He sought the cooperation of families, especially parents, to overcome the threat among young people which also leads to other social evils and crimes. He said religious leaders and parents have an important role to play in keeping young people away from drug use and family support for those affected could lead them back to normal life.
The DC also assured the departments that all necessary support will be provided by the district administration to save the youth from the harmful effects of drugs.
On the occasion, the officers briefed on the situation regarding the threat of drugs and shared their suggestions and measures to be taken at the district level to control drug trafficking and its consumption, in addition to rehabilitation measures for victims of Drugs.
During the meeting, the Superintendent of Police briefed the President on the general drug abuse scenario in Srinagar and the steps being taken to stem the threat. He also informed the meeting that around 1200 people affected by drugs visited the Youth Development and Rehabilitation Center in Eidgah for treatment and around 200 victims were successfully treated at the Centre.
Regarding the containment of drug trafficking, it was reported that PSA has been slapped against 30 peddlers in the District and around 50 people involved in the drug trafficking threat are behind bars.
Among others, the meeting was attended by Superintendent of Police, Arif Shah, Chief Planning Officer, Mohammad Yaseen Lone, Deputy Drug Controller, Nighat Jabeen, Chief Agriculture Officer, Mohammad Younis, Deputy Commissioner , Revenue, Raies Ahmad, SDM East, Murtaza Ahmad, SDM West, Primroze Bashir, District Social Welfare Officer, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Head of Drug Detox Center SMHS Hospital, Dr. Yasir Rather, in addition to officers from the departments of education, health, excise and forestry.


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