Fifty-three drug peddlers have been arrested in the Kashmir valley by the police in the past two months. Among these drug peddlers, 10 have been arrested in Budgam, three in Awantipora, 10 in Kupwara, eight in Kulgam, six each in Anantnag and Pulwama, five in Srinagar, four in Baramulla and one in Bandipora, a police official said.
One kilogram of heroine, 1.5 kilogram of brown sugar, 7925 bottle of codeine phosphate, 131237 tablets of prescription drugs, 10.02 kilograms of Charas and 40.3 kilograms of poppy straw were recovered from possession of these drug peddlers, the official said.
Menace of drug abuse, particularly among the youth in Kashmir, has increased over the passage of time. Drug de-addiction centres have been opened at several places and according to official figures nearly 4,000 patients were last year provided treatment and counselling. Of these, 1,805 patients received treatment in the police control room, Kashmir and 1,469 in Jammu.
The J&K police under its Civic Action Programme has established drug de-addiction centres at Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Jammu and Kathua.
The department of psychiatry in the Srinagar medical college treats 80 to 90 per cent drug addicts as outdoor patients, while others with medical and psychiatric co-morbity are given in-patient care. A 30-bedded drug de-addiction centre has been established in the medical college.