Addiction is a bigger challenge than activism: J&K Top Cop

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief Dilbag Singh said on Saturday that rising drug abuse is a bigger challenge than militancy in the union territory.

“Drug addiction is becoming a bigger challenge to society than fighting militancy,” DGP said at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of a police drug rehabilitation center by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha .

Singh thanked Sinha for supporting the drug rehabilitation center, which is being set up on a large scale.

Sinha said at the ceremony: “We are seeing disturbing trends in drug abuse. Our goal is to wean young people from addiction and integrate them into society. The J&K government has intensified its efforts to combat the narco-terrorism unleashed by the neighboring country.

“We have identified some high-risk districts that are receiving special attention to strengthen community involvement, public cooperation and youth-led awareness campaign to counter the threat of drug abuse.”

Sinha also praised the security forces, J&K police, anti-narcotics task force, government departments and volunteers for working with commitment and determination to eradicate drug addiction from society.

“I urge stakeholders – young people, educational institutions and NGOs – to work as a team. We should be able to turn the detoxification efforts of various stakeholders into a Jan Andolan,” the lieutenant governor said.

Sinha also suggested the involvement of youth and women’s clubs in campaigns to complement drug addiction efforts.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said the drug rehabilitation center will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 4.27 crore under the Jammu Smart City project through J&K Police, which will play a role more important in the rehabilitation of drug addicts in the region.

Each year, more than 6,000 drug addicts are treated in different police drug treatment centres, he added.

He was informed that the establishment of this center has received funding under Smart City and CSR from the Airports Authority of India.

Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor of Jammu Municipal Corporation, has called drug addiction one of the biggest challenges facing young people, which poses a grave threat to humanity.

He called on people to initiate a change in their homes to solve this serious problem.

(IANS)

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