Srinagar, Dec 13: Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Hanief Balkhi on Monday said that authorities are taking measures to make Srinagar district drug addiction-free saying cooperation of people is imperative to achieve the objective.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Balkhi said the plan to make the Srinagar addiction-free also includes provision for screening, assessment and counseling and treatment cum rehabilitation for drug dependents.
“Drug-free-Srinagar is a challenge in which every individual has to play his or her vital role. The district administration also encourages religious and social leaders to work in this direction. We would also encourage the individuals and groups to voluntarily render their services for this noble cause,” Balkhi said while replying to a query.
“District administration is taking measures to make Srinagar drug addiction free. Public cooperation is must in that direction,” he added.
He added that district administration has initiated an awareness campaign against drug abuse and trafficking with the help of religious leaders.
The other measures include awareness generation programmes, identification of drug-dependent persons, focus on treatment facilities and capacity-building for service-providers to curb drug abuse.
The administration appealed to religious leaders to use their voluntary services for spreading awareness about drug abuse and its consequences in society.
Drug abuse or substance abuse is the use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription drugs for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used.
“My heart breaks when I see weak and heartbroken elderly parents pleading for help for rehabilitation. We have also received complaints that some acute drug addicts beat their family members for money and they resort and start stealing money, commit theft and get involved in other criminal activities,” Balkhi said while expressing concern over the rise in drug abuse cases.
He added that “such a behavior is totally unacceptable in our society where the human values have been of high standards owing to the great preaching of saints.”
“In an effort to help the government to eradicate this menace and make the Srinagar addiction-free, let people reach my office, call us or e-mail us with the information they have, or suggestions and feedback. We will welcome it,” he said while appealing to the general public to be the part of campaign.