Drug abuse is the greatest problem of today and things are getting worse day by day. The problem concerns not only the delinquent youth but the entire population in the west, including the top executive personnel, earning millions of dollars a year in the multinationals. In fact, drug abuse has become symptomatic of our technological civilization and the affluent technocrats are themselves the greatest victims.
There are two types of drugs, synthetic drugs and narcotics. The sale of narcotics is prohibited by the government, except for medical purposes. These are most turbulent, which no doubt give momentary enjoyment but eat away slowly the most delicate parts of one’s body. This has become an international menace and requires to be dealt with on a war footing. The drugs are usually smuggled into India through the border areas from Pakistan and Nepal.
Drug abuse is widespread among the youth who are the edifices of the nation’s future pillars. It takes a deep root in spoiling the atmosphere of growing population, affecting discipline of the developing society and nation’s progress. To root out this abuse, not only the drug peddlers, but also the main racketeers must be punished. These racketeers at first distribute the drugs to the teenagers free of cost or through cheap media like ice-cream on roadside stalls. As soon as the individual becomes addict to these drugs, he cannot, live without them and he becomes ready to do anything if he doesn’t get them. At this stage the drugs are sold to him at the highest rates.
To eradicate this menace, Anti Narcotic Squad (ANS) and International Drugs Enforcement Agency (IDEA) have been formed, but the agencies do not seem to be effective as more and more youth are lured towards it. The reason is that the police and other agencies responsible to control the evil are corrupted by the racketeers and even the top officials and politicians become the patrons of the trade instead of controlling it.
Some of the narcotic drugs, which need special mention, are LSD, Ganja, Brown Sugar Crude Molasses, Cocaine etc. The most common drug is CRACK which can be very easily prepared. With every puff of smack, one inhales a deadly combination of poisonous chemicals like carbon monoxide, nicotine, hydrogen oxide, arsenic, tar, etc. then an addict takes in the drugs through hypodermic needles or through nostrils, it causes hardening of arteries, heart attack, high blood pressure and cancer. Obviously a combination of various diseases springs up, resulting in acute paralysis and finally leads to death.
Most of those who start taking drugs are socially maladjusted persons. Some of them are unemployed and frustrated while others have some other social or family problem. The government is duty-bound to look through the various pros and cons of the problem. Strict measures to stop sale of drugs in open as well as secret market should be taken. Guidance and counseling centres should be opened in all universities and institutional complexes to give advice and guidance to the youth. The advertising media has to be very effectively used to counter the spread of the menace by educating people about the harmful effects of drugs. Expert medical aid should be made readily available to wean the addicts away from this malady. Moral Education should be started as a subject. Phonographic literature should be banned. Hippies and foreign visitors who encourage the use of drugs and smuggle them in the country should be put behind bars.
These steps can help in a long way to stop the trend. The disease is still in infancy in India. It will be proper to nip the evil in the bud before it is too late.