DHUBRI, July 12 - There has been a steep rise in drug addiction among the youths of Dhubri district. This was stated in a meeting between district administration officials, senior citizens and representatives of various organisations held at the Deputy Commissioner�s office recently.
From 2016 to June 2018, as many as 77 cases involving drug abuse under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 has been registered in the district.
Speaking in the meeting, DSP Bhaskar Ojha informed that the issue of drug abuse was serious in the district. In two and a half years, police have destroyed 12,54,670 kg of ganja, and 354 kg is to be destroyed soon.
Police have also seized 84,491 bottles of syrups and 4,64,810 addictive tablets prohibited under the NDPS Act.
Addressing the gathering, Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani said, �Drug abuse leads to many kinds of criminal activities. The need of money to buy illegal drugs has driven many youths to earn money easily and they get involved in criminal activities.�
He said drug addicts in the district are found to be in the age group of 14 to 30 years.
To curb the menace, the speakers suggested that the district immediately needs a Drug Rehabilitation Centre.
Retired doctor and BJP leader Dr Debamoye Sanyal said, �The State once planned for a de-addiction centre at the Dhubri Civil Hospital, but it was discontinued due to lack of trained staff. Later, this centre was converted to a male ward.�
The speakers also suggested that the District Library needed to be made more resourceful, an indoor stadium needs to be constructed in Dhubri town immediately, and schools and colleges should have proper sports facilities.
They said that if the youths remain busy in sports and grow a habit of reading books, then they will not get attracted towards drugs.
ADC Sorman Ali, ADC Animesh Talukder and DIPRO Bikash Sharma assured that they will look into the suggestions and organise awareness campaigns against drug abuse in various educational institutions.