SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday warned society of alarming rise in drug and alcohol abuse especially among youth appealing parents, social organisations, teachers and religious leaders to rise against the menace.
President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said over the years Kashmir has witnessed a considerable rise in drug abuse cases as youth are taking drugs due to its easy availability, accessibility and affordability due to its huge local production.
“We as a society, parents, social organisations, teachers and religious clerks should rise against the same and help in educating youth about the ill effects of the drug addiction,” he said.
DAK said J&K has witnessed a steep rise in substance abuse cases over the past two decades saying that the drugs go to places where there is even no public transport.
Naik said that said both alcohol and drugs are deleterious for both mental and physical health and become long term social evil.
“When people lose their mental balance, they don’t differentiate between right and wrong. There is a huge loss to family monetarily and socially,” he said.
Both drugs and alcohol make a person liable to several kinds of infections and diseases like HIV hepatitis B and C through syringes in Iv drug abusers.
“Diseases like fatty liver, cirrhosis, cardiac ailments, encephalopathy, accidents, bloodborne ugly infections are very common among alcohol users,” he said.
DAK said that a lot of road accidents happen due to alcohol or drug abuse by drivers seeking for concrete measures a s multipronged strategy for the remedial measures.
The doctors body said that traffic police and other departments deputed on roads and highways should be equipped with instruments to check alcohol abuse by driver’s.
The DAK president said that people who are involved in trade of drugs make huge money out of it and they have destroyed almost one generation of youth.
“It is time to rise against this menace and support drug addicts and their families. Let us make it clear to them that drug addiction is a chronic disease and is treatable. We request society to bring victim’s to drug deaddiction centres for treatment,” it said.
The doctor’s body said that last year, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) had come up with a study in which they had studied 100 drug abusers in twin drug de-addiction centre in Srinagar.
The study had revealed that the majority of them had been using cannabis. The maximum use of this type of drug can be attributed to its local production.
DAK said that the disastrous consequences of drug consumption prove in later stages of life especially when an individual develops family which is dependently on him, economically, emotionally and socially.
Last year, the government came up with a drug de-addiction policy but it still not effective in terms of work that should be done to reach out by way of treatment to abusers.
DAK said that the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) should post psychiatrists in all rural hospitals and start drug de-addiction day clinics.