Drug Abuse is on rise in Kashmir

Srinagar, September 30: With the law enforcing agencies into deep slumber and doing nothing about the crimes happening during day in and day out in various parts of North Kashmir, the drug addiction among the youth is on the rise.

Many organized drug mafia and syndicates have surfaced all around the Kashmir making it the hotspot for the trade and consummation of drugs and other psychotropic substances with the involvement of most of the teenagers.  Youth are being lured into this awful addiction only because the substance is available easily in their areas.

In the reports provided by a local media house, there are several areas in Sopore where drugs are easily available. In the areas namely Batpora, Arampora, Chankhan, Tarzoo, Bomai, the smuggling of drugs like cannabis, opium and heroin is going in open during the evening hours. Similar reports have also poured in from other places of Baramulla town like Khawaja Bagh, Flood Colony, Old Town, Azadgunj and upper hills of Dardpora and Kandi belts.

This is also leading to more incidents of the burglary and theft which these teenage fall into prey of when they need funds for drugs and other substances, pleaded a local resident of Baramulla. He also said that the district administration including police, CID sleuths and other social activists have become mere spectators in the process and is doing nothing to curb this menace.

A local NGO CAUSE (Concerned About Universal Social Empowerment) has carried out a recent study in which it is revealed that 22 percent graduates, 6 percent post graduates and over 2 percent PhD holders in the state are involved in the drug smuggling and addiction.

Also, 31 percent of the population between 17 to 47 years confined to certain localities is involved in drug abuse and trafficking in the district.

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