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Drug addiction taking form of ‘epidemic’ in JK

Srinagar, June 26: The drug addiction is widespread, fast-rising and is
quickly taking the form of an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir, says Drug De Addiction Policy.
Studies conducted in recent years have shown an alarming increase in drug abuse.

One of the studies conducted by Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (IMHANS), of Govt Medical College Srinagar, has found that over two-third of patients in the study had started substance abuse in the age group of 11-20 years.

The Drug De Addiction Policy says that drug addiction is widespread, fast-rising and is quickly taking the form of an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir.

To tackle this problem, authorities have decided setting up of a drug de-addiction centres with adequate facilities at SKIMS medical college, Srinagar and in five new  medical colleges and hospitals of the state.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on last Friday also expressed concerned over growing drug and liquor abuse in Kashmir. “Members from cross section of society have been informing me. I have been receiving large number of letters suggesting the menace of drug addiction is spreading far and wide in Srinagar and across the valley especially among the youth including girls,” Mirwaiz had said.

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday also hailed Mirwaiz for speaking on drug abuse.

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