‘Date-rape’ drugs make a big entry in Jammu’s Youth circuit

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Jammu, July 28: According to data furnished for the year of 2016 by Ministry of Home Affairs, Jammu and Kashmir ranks second in recovery of Anaesthetic drug ‘Ketamine’.

Ketamine is a controlled substance and cannot be availed easily even by prescription. It is commonly used as a ‘Date-Rape drug’ in powdered or liquid form as a ‘dissociating anaesthetic’ usually on animals. It can be injected, snorted or added to drinks and even cigarettes.

Jammu and Kashmir has gained notoriety for being among the major contributor states, in usage and seizure of narcotics. Moreover, the data furnished by MHA for Ketamine shows an active use of the Date-Rape drug for this year in the state. If the drug was recovered, it means it is being used. What should cause concern is that even though Cases of Date-Rapes have not come to fore yet, they may actually not have been reported.

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According to the six month data for 2016, the total quantity of Ketamine recovered in the country is 16.57 kilograms. What raises concerns is that the recovery has been made from only two states in India, J&K and New Delhi. J&K, though has a smaller share, of 3.6 kilograms, the population of J&K is less than half of New Delhi that delivered 12.97kg Ketamine.

The powdered form of the drug is often used to spike drinks world over further linked to cases of sexual assault world over.

For 2016 up to June

52.7 kilograms of Hashish,

36.13 kg Ganja,

4.51 kg of Heroin and

943 kg of poppy straw has been recovered so far.

Sadly, J&K also managed to rank fifth in the list of highest recovery states of Hashish for the year 2016. Out of 1144 kg of Hashish seized, 187 kg is from HP, 196 kg from New Delhi, 424 Kg from UP, 59 kg from Punjab and 52.7 kg from J&K.

J&K ranks higher in the recovery of Heroin at third place in the list with 130.73 kg seizure, Punjab at first with 729 Kg and New Delhi with 271 kg of seizure of Heroin.

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