16 November, 2022 – Amritsar : Despite tall claims by the Punjab Government, drug abuse is rampant in the holy city. The police have identified 31 hotspots — 26 in the city and five in the rural belt.
“We have identified 26 drug hotspots in the city. These were identified on the basis of police record regarding the seizure of narcotic substances, number of drug peddlers arrested and number of drug abuse victims identified during the past few years,” said Parminder Singh Bhandal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order)
Maqboolpura, Anngarh, Gate Hakima, Gujjarpura, Islamabad, Kot Khalsa, Putlighar, Mohkampura, areas located on the Tarn Taran road, localities such as Verka, Gwal Mandi and those near Rattan Singh Chowk are among the hotspots identified by the police.
There are 56 OOAT centres in the district. Nevertheless, these centres are struggling with several shortcomings such as shortage of staff, including counsellors, defeating the purpose for which these were opened. The health authorities had recently written to the state government for appointing staff so that these centres could run efficiently.
A Verka resident wishing not to be named said the picture in the township and the nearby Fatehgarh Sugarchak village was dismal. Youth in their twenties consumed “chitta” daily. “They got a dose for Rs 200 to Rs 300, which was easily available. They inject the drug, which has led to an outbreak of HIV in the township,” he pointed out.
Courtesy : The Tribune