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Director General of Police (DGP), K Rajendra Kumar Saturday said Jammu and Kashmir Police have to prove it as a solace for helpless. He said the organization has a great responsibility to eradicate the menace of drug addiction from the society.
Rajendra was speaking during his visit to the Drug De-addiction cum Counselling Centre here today. He said drug abuse affects the capability and energy in youth and is a menace that is required to be uprooted from the society. He added that it is the responsibility of all in a society to work together and help eradicate the growing menace, which has risen to alarming levels in the modern society. “We would have to address all reasons that lead youth indulge in drugs, and will have to help in de-addicting drug users. Drug abuse makes a person dependant, incapable and finally costs him his life”, said Rajendra.
DGP said, “realising its social responsibility JKP has taken various initiatives to help physical and mental development of youth of the State. Besides performing professional duties the police have been working in the direction of helping social cause of drug de-addiction and centres for the purpose have been made operational in twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.”
He said hundreds of youth have been treated in these centres by the doctors, thus enabling them to give up dreadful consumption and to lead a normal life. “The said centres are fully equipped with proper infrastructure to treat drug abuse patients with all technical support being provided by Police Hospital Srinagar and Jammu. Medical, and Para-medical staff including psychiatrists are available at these centres for treatment and counselling,” Rajendra, according to an official statement, said.
Stressing for joint efforts by all stakeholders to overcome the menace and save youngsters from drug abuse, DGP said, “it not only affects their health but also leads to other evils and crimes and added that awareness among people, particularly teenagers about drug abuse and its effects is necessary to overcome the problem. Parents also have an important role to play in keeping youngsters away from use of drugs and also family support to the affected can help them recover earlier and lead a normal life.”
During his visit, DGP also spent some time with patients, interacted with them and enquired about the available facilities. He discussed various issues with the management and team of doctors to help strengthen infrastructure, medical equipment and other facilities. He was informed about the functioning of the Centre by IGP Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani and SP, Manoj Koul.
Dr Muzaffar Ahmed Khan, Incharge of the Centre, briefed the DGP about available facilities and treatment given to the patients.
Dr Muzaffar Ahmed Khan informed that since its inception, “more than 16,000 affected persons have been treated till date.”
“To prevent youngsters from drug addiction it has started school mental health programs and has so far completed more than 60 such programmes, where a team of professionals interact with students and provide education and awareness about drug abuse and its implications,” Dr Muzaffar said.