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Rehab centre plan mooted

Dhubri, May 24: The need to set up a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts to root out the problem of youngsters falling prey to substance abuse was stressed at a meeting organised by police and a local NGO, Dynamic Youth Association, here today.

Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma appealed to people to join hands to root out the menace of drug addiction. He said drug addiction was slowly but steadily ruining the future of many youths and was a cause for concern at all levels. “We are definitely worried about the growing problem of addiction among youths. It is not possible for the police only to stop this menace because many youths are addicted to over-the-counter medicines and there is no bar on selling such drugs except certain restricted ones,” he said.

Sarma said they had been facing problems in raiding wholesalers and retailers of medicine who sold such drugs without proper prescriptions, without the presence of the district drug and excise department officials. He stressed the need to immediately set up a rehabilitation centre in Dhubri to de-addict youths. Additional superintendent of police, Debasish Bora, said in the first phase of treatment, serious cases of drug addiction should be referred to the Guwahati-based Drug Addiction Centre in consultation with the youths’ parents.

“It is a difficult task but we can work together to root out the menace of drug addiction. It is easy to control the spread of contrabands like brown sugar, heroine, cocaine and other substances but very difficult to check the supply of medicines consumed by addicts,” he said.

Ansar Ali Pradhani, president of the NGO, expressed concern about the illegal drug trade and sought police action against those involved in running the racket.

Aminur Rahman, a social activist of Dhubri town who took the initiative to organise the meeting, told this correspondent that drug addiction was affecting many families in the district and they were finding it difficult to fight the menace. Social activist Abdul Rashid, president of another NGO, Colleague, Madhab Paul, the president of Dhubri-Golokganj Truck Owners’ Association, Azizur Hussain Khan, former student leader and advocate Enamul Haque, working president of Dynamic Youth Association, Kazi Motahar Hussain, and its secretary Ohid Khan, also spoke at the meeting.