The scourge of drugs

2017-05-10 06:02

TODAY we live in a world full of technological wonders. Colour television, supersonic jets and personal computers are common things.

We enjoy a high level of living that our ancestors never even dreamed of.

However, hand-in-hand with this affluence is a scourge that is also unparalleled in history. Drugs have become a menace and a destroyer of lives in this modern world. Many people in this and other countries are victims of drug addiction.

For whatever reason, they have allowed their lives to be ruled by drugs. Maybe it is because they first tried taking drugs out of curiosity and then got sucked unwittingly into the trap. Or maybe it is just a means to escape from their unhappy lives.

The easy availability of drugs, though illegal, has contributed significantly to the rise of drug addiction.

Drug addicts are a liability to society as they are unproductive and burdensome. In order to support their drug habit, they can resort to any means.

Begging, stealing and engaging in criminal activities are common among them. They just do not care what they do or who gets hurt as long as they get their next “fix’’. They have lost all their integrity and responsibility.

For them, life is merely a series of escaping into the dream world induced by drugs. Reality is too harsh for them. Rehabilitation centres have to be set and maintained so that addicts have a chance to kick their habit and return to society.

The common people have to take preventive measures against possible robbers and petty theft. Families break up. Jobs are lost, tears are shed. Millions of lives are thrown into despair and all because of the fine powder derived from the opium plant.

Drug trafficking is a lucrative trade. It has reached epidemic proportions in all parts of the world. Even the death penalty does not seem to deter the traffickers. They make huge profits out of the misery of other people, and all they want is the money and the more the better. This trade is controlled by criminals and crooks. The law enforcers simply cannot cope with this epidemic. For every trafficker who gets caught, there must be many who escape to enjoy their ill-gotten gains. So the police are overworked, the streets are filled with pushers, drugs kingpins grow richer and the addicts multiply ominously,

What can be done to stop this scourge?

Most of the methods employed so far seem only to treat the symptoms and not the cause, as we try to rehabilitate the addicts and do not make enough effort to educate young ones so that they do not become addicts.

A.S.E. AMEEN

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