Rajendra inspects De-addiction Centre, says drug abuse affects capabilities of youth

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police has been contributing in drug de-addiction by providing required medical treatment and counselling at its De-addiction Centre established at Srinagar. The Centre would be upgraded enhancing its capacity from 11 to 25 beds, in order to meet the requirements.

This was disclosed by Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar, during his visit to Drug de-addiction Centre Srinagar at PCR today. He said that drug abuse affects the capabilities and energies of the youth and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to work together and eradicate the growing menace, which has risen to an alarming position in the modern society. Drug abuse makes the youth dependant, incapable to face the challenges and finally costs their life, he added.

Rajendra said that JKP, realising its social responsibility have taken initiatives for the physical and mental development of youth of the State. Besides professional duties we have been working for drug de-addiction and such centres are operational at Jammu and some other district headquarters also. Thousands of youth have been treated in the centres by the doctors enabling them to give up the dreadful consumption and join their normal life. Now we are upgrading the centre, fully equipped having 25 bed capacity with proper infrastructure to treat the patients. All technical support will be provided by JKP including psychiatrics for treatment and counselling of the patients, he added.

On the occasion, DGP interacted with the patients, their guardians and sought their view about the performance of De-addiction Centre. They lauded the efforts of JKP and the staff of the Centre in bringing the affected youth to their normal life. The parents of the patients disclosed before DGP that they had lost hope of their children when indulged in the drug abuse but JKP came to their rescue and enc to regain their energies. Patients thanked the Police for provided better treatment and hygienic atmosphere during their stay in the Centre.

Rajendra sought cooperation from the parents to overcome the menace and save the youngsters from drug consumption, which also leads to other evils and crimes. He stressed to dissuade the youth, particularly the teenagers from drug abuse and aware about its effects. He said parents have an important role to keep the youngsters away from the use of drugs and also the family support for the affected people could lead them towards normal life. 

We would have to address the major reasons which lead the youth to take drugs, besides de-addicting the drug users, said Rajendra.

DGP emphasised upon the doctors and other staff of the Centre to take the job as a noble task and treat the people with patience and dedication. He said youth are our precious asset and we have to use their energies in a positive way.

Rajendra also discussed modalities for the construction of a 50 bed De-addiction Hospital at Idgah Srinagar. He was told that the construction of the fully equipped Hospital at 5 Kanals of land, which has already been acquired, would be taken into hand soon. 

Earlier, DGP was briefed by the Director of the Centre, Dr. Mohammad Muzaffar Khan about the performance since it was established in 2008. He informed that during the years of its existence more than 15,000 patients hailing from different district of the State, have been treated in the centre. He said that the patients need day care with counselling and medical treatment. However some patients are required to remain in hospital for 30 to 40 days. These patients are provided day-night care with food items.

  The DGP was accompanied by Spl. DG (Coordination), SK Mishra, ADsGP, VK Singh and L Mohanti, IGP, Kashmir, SJM Gillani, DIG CKR, GH Bhat, AIG (Buildings), Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, SSP PCR, Suhail Munwar Mir, Exn, PCD, Rashid Mustafa, SP, Manoj Koul and other police officers. (CNS)

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