|Drugs available at teastalls, other places in Udhampur town|
|Alarming rise in drug abuse among youth|
Early times report
Udhampur, Mar 17: They smoke it, sniff it, eat it, inject it and temporarily escape into the deceptive world. Be it a way to fight personal crisis, means to wipe the mental scars or just a sign of being cool,Udhampur youth have fallen into the net of drugs with a significant rise in the past few years.
The consumption of poppy straw and a white fluid is rising at an alarming rate among the youth in Udhampur district, according to official sources.
Notwithstanding the anti-drug government and police campaigns, the number of drug addicts was increasing in the district, sources claimed.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a local drug addict he had been a victim of drugs for almost five years now. It started with a fantasy, a cigarette first, and then day-after-day during friendship night outs and parties, he started taking pills and became a drug addict.
He added that now a days a white fluid like substance was being used by youth who inject it through insulin syringes . He added that drug peddlers could be seen selling this fluid in Shiv Nagar , Sallian talab , Birma pul , Battal Ballian highway side, Jekhani area and other parts of city. He added that they charge Rs 500 for per ml syringe from youth for the drug which was being smuggled from Afghanistan.
He said due to easy availability of drugs in the town, more and more youth, especially school children, were getting attracted towards them.
Another addict said in the initial stage, students use certain type of drugs like fevicol, fluids, cough syrups and shoe polish due to their easy availability in the market.
Police have also arrested some drugs penddlers from Adersh Colony, Sallian Talab, Shiv Nager and other Udhampur areas and seized from them large quantities of poppy straw and charas.
When contacted, additional SP Mohan Lal Kaith said police would take strict action against the drug peddlers who were spoiling the lives of youth. "We will also try to slap PSA on them," he added.