The drug menace in Punjab is really alarming and youths of Punjab should understand that drugs are a waste of time and they destroy your memory and yourself respect.
Though Rahul Gandhi’s statement that 70 per cent of Punjabi youth were drug addict was exaggerated one, yet the pathetic state of health of Punjabi youth is alarming and Punjab is reported to be in the grip of drugs being smuggled which has threatened to consume the young generation.
The younger generation is a victim of manufactured drugs. Smack from neighboring states reaches Punjab through the complicity of the politicians, police and peddlers. The nexus of three Ps has to be broken which are the root cause of drug menace which is being smuggled in connivance with each from the border districts. Bogus pharmaceutical companies in Delhi and Gurgaon manufacture fake drugs and they are sold in bulk in Punjab without bill and prescription, in clear violation of the Drug and Cosmetic Act.
The incident that more than half of the candidates could not run even half of the qualifying distance during the recruitment of police constables in Patiala during last year, itself speaks the future of our youths and nation as well.
Numbers of factors are responsible for drug menace in the Punjab State, which is not only destroying the health of our youth but also depriving them of employment and of course, in number of cases marriage also.
Merely informing, analyzing and suggesting ways and means by the media would not suffice to tackle the problem, but only taking firm action backed by the political will, along with public awareness and tightening noose on the drug traffickers, can rescue our youth from the clutches of drug addiction.
The Punjab government must ask the centre government to set up a special task force to stop drug trafficking along the international borders of Punjab and the local borders adjoining neighboring states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
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