Drug abuse is a painful problem in India

Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit

26th June is observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking), often referred to as the International Day against Drug Abuse. It is to strengthen global action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. Observance of this day aims to raise awareness to fight against the substance abuse as well as the unlawful trade of drugs. Drugs are initially taken out of choice, but it becomes hard to resist them sooner than you realize. It is difficult to recover from this problem and even those who are at high risk of developing it again.
It is a fact that drug racket operates internationally, but some countries are transshipment points for drug circulation. possibly because of its strategic location is more prone to drug activities including drug trafficking and local consumption. The influence of westernization, changing family structure and peer pressure are some of the reasons behind drug abuse.
Drug abuse is a painful problem for the addict, for his family and for all those who touch his life. It is mostly the youngsters who fall prey to drags. Adolescence is a period when many choices must be made. At this stage, the youngster is especially vulnerable to pressure from friends.. An addict needs care and affection. Drug addiction is the scourge of humanity and drug trafficking is a heinous crime punishable by death Killing someone or helping someone to kill himself is equal to a crime. The ones who are trafficking and helping such drugs reach each and every corner of the country are committing a big crime. Most of the people fall a prey to the narcotics sellers due to their ignorance. The youths today are head t o toe in drugs. The extent to which this problem has reached is heart rendering. Today kids in the age group of 10-12 have started taking drugs.
Our society should change its attitude. He should be provided with all the support and care. He should be properly rehabilitated. Moral should be made a part of our curriculum. Society should be made aware from the early stage. n order to tame and trample the monster of drug abuse, we must go back to the root of the problem and make the user of drugs more human, tolerant, understanding, appreciative, sympathetic and helpful. Social workers, teachers, and above all parents, especially mothers can play a vital role in this direction. Many counselling and de-addiction centres have contributed greatly to create a awakening. More such efforts are required from all walks of society.
Drug abuse means illicit consuming of any naturally occurring or pharmaceutical substance to bring about a change in their existing situation. They ignore the physic mental damage that causes the drug abuse. Drug abuse causes many problems. It includes weakness, loss of body weight and respiratory disorders. One of the most important effects of drug abuse is impaired judgment and 9 lack of rational thinking. A drug addict develops certain psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, irritability and personality problems.
According to National Survey, hardly a third of drug dependents reported having taken treatment. In the findings of other agency it was found as low as two per cent. It is largely because people do not see drug abuse as a medical problem. Besides, lack of rehabilitation and access to treatment facilities are various other causes for not seeking treatment. The disintegration of the old joint family system, absence of parental love and care in modern families where both parents are working, decline of old religious and moral values etc lead to a rise in the number of drug addicts who take drugs to escape hard realities of life. Drug trafficking is one of the major crime. Killing someone or helping someone to kill himself is equal to a crime. This is what common sense and human sense says. The ones who are trafficking and helping such drugs reach each and every corner of the country are committing a big crime. Drugs and drug dealing is a scourge that can bring down a mature and intelligent society to intolerable levels of depravity. It is better to nip this crime in bud so that our country doesn't follow the horrible western malady. Creating awareness of dangers of the substance abuse in society and effecting behavioural change are integral parts of the National Drug Master Plan. There should be no leniency when talking about peddlers and pushers who destroy the victim and his kith and kin and put the victim into unalterable habit which will make the individual take to all crimes including murder and rape. If we need to stop this menace from spreading we need harsh steps and stringent punishments. Only love and affection can help the youth from falling into clutches of drugs. Societal control is a necessary along with legal skeleton. Let us develop our Lives, our Communities, and our Identities…Without Drugs.”