‘Drug Abuse A Silent Killer In JK’

SRINAGAR — Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo Tuesday said the Government after the implementation of first ever Drug De-addiction policy has taken up various initiatives to create awareness about substance abuse by reaching to all sections of the society.

The Financial Commissioner was speaking at a function organized by the Department of Psychiatry at Government Medical College Srinagar today.

Dulloo said the Government has successfully conducted workshops for creating awareness about the drug abuse in the State, which he said has become a “silent killer”.

On the occasion, Head Department Psychiatry Department Dr Maqbool said the de-addiction policy in comparison to other policies has thrust on demand reduction rather harm reduction.

He said the de-addiction policy is based on principles of prevention, integration, community participation and integral sectorial collaboration.

GMC principal Dr Kaisar Parvez described the policy as breath of fresh air deviating from the usual trend of medicalizing the whole issue without looking at social, legal and other aspects necessary to tackle the menace of substance.



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