Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society (JKCS) Friday constituted a committee to identify all "hot spots" in the cities and villages where drug-addiction was rampant.
A statement of JKCS issued here said that the committee was formed after a one-day meeting of the working committee of JKCS chaired by its chairman Abdul QayoomWani in Srinagar.
"All the JKCS officials and volunteers will take practical steps to control the epidemic in coordination with the senior citizens of the society, Masjid committees, Imams and the parents of the affected youth," the statement said.
It said that JKCS also demanded the government to open drug de-addiction centers at all tehsil headquarters and take strict action against the drug mafias to curb this social epidemic.
JKCS appealed the parents to keep a close eye on their children and play their part in shaping their character.
It also promised to protect local resources, indigenous heritage, cultural and linguistic identity and peacefully raise voice against all such decisions that are against the sentiments and feelings of the people of J&K.
"Social evils, alcoholism, drug mafia and corruption are a social epidemic threatening our future capital," JKCS statement said.