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Drug Addiction J&K data tabled in Rajya Sabha paints gloomy picture
12/1/2021 10:46:59 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Dec 1: Notwithstanding tall claims of the authorities to intensify the campaign against the drug mafia, the menace of drug addiction is slowly gripping the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
During the last three years, there is an increase in the registration of cases under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act which is a clear indication that this menace is spreading in the Union Territory
As per data tabled in the Rajya Sabha, in the year 2018, 938 cases under this Act were registered. This number jumped to 1173 in 2019 and 1222 in the year 2020.
Recently, during the first meeting of the committee of the narco coordination centre at Jammu, it was informed that as per a consumption survey, Jammu and Kashmir has 6 lakh people affected by drug-related issues which are approximately 4.6% population of the Union territory of which 90% users are from 17-33 age group.
It was informed that Jammu and Kashmir is situated in close vicinity to the golden crescent which produces 80 percent of the world's opium and is considered as the prime source of the illicit drug trade.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is gripped with narco-terrorism as the international drug mafia is smuggling drugs through the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) to sell a small portion in this region and remaining consignment in the neighbouring Punjab.
J&K Police has launched operation 'Sanjeevani' to snap the supply chain of the drug mafia but the supply of drugs is going unabated due to the strong network of the suppliers.
Wishing anonymity, senior police said that there was a strong nexus between drug peddlers of J&K and other parts of the country. Furthermore, the major portion of the narcotics recovered by J&K during the last couple of years was not produced in the UT.
The drug business is part of narco-terrorism, which has gripped almost all parts of the state and a large number of youths are falling prey to it.
Substance like heroin and smack are prohibited and under highest degree of control under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
The Act prohibits, except for medical or scientific purposes, the manufacture, production, trade, use, etc. of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. The Act provides for stringent penalties/rigorous provisions for consumption as well as for illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Both Central and State Governments have been empowered to enforce the provisions of the Act.
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