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Sun, 19 Nov 2017

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Over 1,400 People Die Due to Drug Abuse in Mizoram

Over 1,400 People Die Due to Drug Abuse in Mizoram
August 05
12:59 2017

Over 1,400 people have died due to drug abuse in Mizoram since 1984 when the first drug-related death due to heroin was detected in the state. This was highlighted in the consultative meeting on drug menace organized by the central committee of Young Mizo Association (Central YMA) involving ministers, government top officials and church leaders in Aizawl on Friday. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was also present at the meeting.

Central YMA vice president Vanlaruata in his presentation said that at least 1,456 people, including 156 females, have died due to drug abuse in 34 years since 1984 till July, 2017 and presently there are 2080 people affected by drugs at several rehab centres in Mizoram. He said that the main killer drug in the state was spasmo proxyvon followed by heroin.

According to Vanlaruata, there are 10 renowned drug peddlers in Mizoram and 8 smugglers from Myanmar who smuggle drugs to Mizoram. Some of them have been arrested five to six times, he added. During 2005 to 2017, Supply Reduction Service (SRS), the anti-drug squad of the central YMA seized 12 kg of heroin in Mizoram, according to Vanlalruata.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla made a clarion call to combat drug menace in the state. He suggested that the current year be declared as “drug combating year” by the government and civil bodies, including YMA. He lauded YMA for its relentless effort in combating the menace of drug in Mizoram and said that people felt much secure due to the tireless service rendered by the civil body.

Lal Thanhawla said that the greatest enemy of Mizoram at this point of time is misuse of drugs. He added that the government as well as civil societies and churches should come forward to concertedly combat drug menace in the state.

Suggesting a way to mitigate drug abuse in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said that police force should take rigorous step to combat the menace and all advocates should oblige to refrain from fighting any drug related cases. He also said that people should also refrain from backing the accused (drug user or smuggler) in a court of law in order to check the increasing trend of drug abuse in the state.

-Newmai News Network

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