Drug abuse an existential threat for our youth: Farooq

Calls for comprehensive response on multiple fronts to curb the nuisance
Drug abuse an existential threat for our youth: Farooq
File photo of Dr Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar, June 26: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the menace of drug abuse is an existential threat for our youth, saying that the need of the hour calls for evolving a well thought out strategy on multiple fronts to deal with the menace.

In a statement issued on the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking, the party president said, “It is alarming to hear about the scathing increase in the cases of drug abuse in Kashmir. The state government should rise up to the occasion before the trend morphs into a dire catastrophe.”

He further added, “the need of the hour calls for effective policing against narcotic smuggling, besides having more drug de-addiction centers in all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The challenge has to be confronted at multiple levels, and of them all basic awareness at school, college and university level is a must. The parents and civil society also must put in their efforts to curb the menace. The menace has to be tackled at societal level.”

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