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Drug Menace in Valley

Unfortunately, the youth in Jammu & Kashmir has slowly and gradually landed in a quagmire of drug abuse with numbers having no precedence in the past

November 29, 2021 | Nayeem Amin Wani

Drug addictions happen to be a burning issue in current times and our society in no way is completely immune to it. Reeling from decades- old political conflict and recently rising cases of COVID-19, the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is also battling an alarming rise in drug abuse. On 12th Nov, the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a statement said that there are at least 6 lakh residents affected by drug related issues in the region. The figures were revealed during the maiden meeting of the State Level Committee of the Narco Coordination Centre chaired by Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta. The more worrisome was when the officials revealed that 90% of the users are from age group of 17-33, which is a matter of grave concern as our youth in particularly are getting involved in this.

Unfortunately, the youth in Jammu & Kashmir has slowly and gradually landed in a quagmire of drug abuse with numbers having no precedence in the past. There are several reasons for the drug menace particularly in the Valley, which includes living in a conflict zone, lack of awareness, peer pressure and most of all, easy availability of narcotics. Kashmir has been through the decades of turmoil that resulted in an increase of psychiatric illness and psychosocial disturbances. A number of psychiatric problems emerged like Depression, OCD, PTSD etc. which resulted in people getting involved in drug addiction. As long as the problem of drug addiction in Kashmir is concerned it has been observed that this region has a tremendous rise in substance abusers over the past decade and the numbers are increasing.
The biggest challenge is the illegal trafficking and sale of drugs within the valley to which police and the administration in general have an important role to play as the Union territory of J&K lies in the vicinity of the "Golden Crescent" a name given to South Asia's opium producing countries Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan which produces 80 percent of the world's opium and is considered as the prime source of illicit drug trade therefore smugglings it to this region becomes an easy task. This griming picture of drug abuse in the Kashmir valley has put a lot of challenges for the people of the valley in general and for Government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations in particular.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has been on forefront to eradicate this menace and has made efforts to stop the trafficking of drugs within the valley. In most of the cases the people who are exposed to drug related issues don’t report it due to societal culture as it has become a kind of social taboo were one feels that reporting it will create an negative impression in society thus preventing it to report in most of the cases which ultimately goes unnoticed and helps in increasing the menace further. People need to come out of this, educate themselves and help in reporting the problem whenever they found any related incident in the community.I believe it is time for socio-religious leaders as well to step in on an urgent basis to wean away youth from the menace. Awareness on the part of parents and caretakers is also an issue in tackling this menace, so that they can detect this problem as early as possible to provide immediate help to victims.
A large amount of the literature suggests that enhancing a victim’s social support and inculcating in them some positive behaviours can help them get rid of their addiction. It is an established fact that the youth of any country are a great asset irrespective of the situation of that country. The youth are rays of cherished hope for people of any region. It is certainly our brilliant Kashmiri youth that can bring about social reform and improvement in future. The religious and political leadership of Kashmir can seriously and meaningfully help the Kashmiri youth by engaging them achieve their potential. Today, we have time and tomorrow we may not have it. So, it is better to act now and act fast.

 

Email:----nayeem.wani6@gmail.com

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Drug Menace in Valley

Unfortunately, the youth in Jammu & Kashmir has slowly and gradually landed in a quagmire of drug abuse with numbers having no precedence in the past

November 29, 2021 | Nayeem Amin Wani

Drug addictions happen to be a burning issue in current times and our society in no way is completely immune to it. Reeling from decades- old political conflict and recently rising cases of COVID-19, the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is also battling an alarming rise in drug abuse. On 12th Nov, the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a statement said that there are at least 6 lakh residents affected by drug related issues in the region. The figures were revealed during the maiden meeting of the State Level Committee of the Narco Coordination Centre chaired by Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta. The more worrisome was when the officials revealed that 90% of the users are from age group of 17-33, which is a matter of grave concern as our youth in particularly are getting involved in this.

Unfortunately, the youth in Jammu & Kashmir has slowly and gradually landed in a quagmire of drug abuse with numbers having no precedence in the past. There are several reasons for the drug menace particularly in the Valley, which includes living in a conflict zone, lack of awareness, peer pressure and most of all, easy availability of narcotics. Kashmir has been through the decades of turmoil that resulted in an increase of psychiatric illness and psychosocial disturbances. A number of psychiatric problems emerged like Depression, OCD, PTSD etc. which resulted in people getting involved in drug addiction. As long as the problem of drug addiction in Kashmir is concerned it has been observed that this region has a tremendous rise in substance abusers over the past decade and the numbers are increasing.
The biggest challenge is the illegal trafficking and sale of drugs within the valley to which police and the administration in general have an important role to play as the Union territory of J&K lies in the vicinity of the "Golden Crescent" a name given to South Asia's opium producing countries Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan which produces 80 percent of the world's opium and is considered as the prime source of illicit drug trade therefore smugglings it to this region becomes an easy task. This griming picture of drug abuse in the Kashmir valley has put a lot of challenges for the people of the valley in general and for Government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations in particular.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has been on forefront to eradicate this menace and has made efforts to stop the trafficking of drugs within the valley. In most of the cases the people who are exposed to drug related issues don’t report it due to societal culture as it has become a kind of social taboo were one feels that reporting it will create an negative impression in society thus preventing it to report in most of the cases which ultimately goes unnoticed and helps in increasing the menace further. People need to come out of this, educate themselves and help in reporting the problem whenever they found any related incident in the community.I believe it is time for socio-religious leaders as well to step in on an urgent basis to wean away youth from the menace. Awareness on the part of parents and caretakers is also an issue in tackling this menace, so that they can detect this problem as early as possible to provide immediate help to victims.
A large amount of the literature suggests that enhancing a victim’s social support and inculcating in them some positive behaviours can help them get rid of their addiction. It is an established fact that the youth of any country are a great asset irrespective of the situation of that country. The youth are rays of cherished hope for people of any region. It is certainly our brilliant Kashmiri youth that can bring about social reform and improvement in future. The religious and political leadership of Kashmir can seriously and meaningfully help the Kashmiri youth by engaging them achieve their potential. Today, we have time and tomorrow we may not have it. So, it is better to act now and act fast.

 

Email:----nayeem.wani6@gmail.com


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