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EditorialFighting the drug threat

Fighting the drug threat


In order to lessen the negative consequences of the drug problem on the region, the government and civic society in and must make a concerted, long-term effort. It's a complicated problem with major regional ramifications for social, economic, and security. Jammu and Kashmir is bordered by Afghanistan and Pakistan, two nations well-known for being significant manufacturers of illicit substances, such as heroin and opium. The Union Territory is more vulnerable to the entry of illegal narcotics due to its close proximity to these areas.

In addition, high unemployment rates encourage young people to turn to drug use and trafficking as a way to get money or get away from their financial difficulties. In addition, a protracted conflict has hampered the area and made conditions favourable for drug trafficking.  In order to combat the drug problem in Jammu and Kashmir, multiple stakeholders must be included in a multifaceted strategy. It is essential to bolster border security in order to stop the smuggling of drugs from nearby nations. Enhanced collaboration and intelligence exchange with global allies might be necessary for this. To inform the public—especially the youth—about the risks associated with drug consumption and addiction, the government and civil society must organise extensive awareness campaigns.

The most crucial thing to realise, though, is that drug trafficking cannot exist without the involvement of some law-enforcing institutions that are part of this network. Local newspapers regularly feature police remarks about the apprehension of drug traffickers or the confiscation of drugs; nonetheless, reports indicate that the population of drug addicts appears to be increasing daily. This raises a lot of questions. Only after considering these and numerous other issues will the administration be able to put an end to the threat. What are the gaps in the system? What is the police missing? Who are the weak links? Enhancing law enforcement agencies' ability and moral character is essential for preventing drug trafficking.  This covers tools, training, and stringent anti-corruption protocols. In order to combat the drug problem, community involvement is crucial. Promoting community engagement in confronting the problem, such as through community-based programmes and support groups, can help prevent and treat drug addiction. Furthermore, religious leaders' involvement is essential for improved outcomes. The apolitical Imams who conduct Friday prayers without any political objective are the ones fostering hate between various sects, not the other way around. It is imperative that these Imams incorporate into their Friday sermons a message about the perils associated with drug misuse and trafficking. People pay attention to them and their word is taken seriously.  The drug epidemic and drug menace are two serious problems that afflict communities all over the . It is a growing issue that has detrimental effects on people individually, in families, and in communities. The widespread abuse of both legal and illicit narcotics, which can result in a variety of social, psychological, and physical issues, is referred to as the “drug menace.”
In addition to providing healthy alternatives to drug use, and awareness campaigns targeting families, communities, and schools can help prevent drug abuse by educating people about the risks associated with drug use. Access to reasonably priced, high-quality addiction treatment and rehabilitation services is essential for helping people overcome their addiction.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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