Urgent measures required to save youth from drugs: Mufti

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Tuesday instructed the Health Department to formulate a comprehensive policy to effectively deal with the challenge posed by the menace of drug addiction that has seriously endangered the future of our younger generation.

He said the government is keen to prevent menace of drug abuse, which is spreading like a ‘cancer in society’. “We need de-addiction and rehab centres at all district hospitals for our youth who fall easy prey to drugs,” he said, after the Lower House echoed concern over excessive use of drugs by youth, the most vulnerable section of the society. 

Mufto spoke during the Zero Hour and discussions on Private Members’ Resolutions, when several members cutting across party lines raised issues related to rising drug abuse. 

Mufti said the Health Department has been tasked to frame a comprehensive policy on the issue to safeguard the future of our children. “Even though Police have established some drug de-addiction centres at a few places, the onus primarily lies on the Health Department to put in place an effective mechanism to counter drug addiction,” he said, while referring to his instructions given to Health Department to start counselling and rehab centres at all district hospitals. 

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