On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Friday, the Narcotics Control Bureau said its Chennai zone arrested 43 persons, including three foreign nationals, in 25 cases during one year that ended in June, against 37 people during the same period last year.
“This year, across the world, narcotics agencies had taken up the theme ‘Better knowledge for better care’. Awareness about drug abuse is very much essential for present-day living,” said A Bruno, zonal director, NCB, Chennai.
According to him, drug peddlers mostly target teenagers and youth. They may target a student through peer pressure from abusers initially at a no-cost basis. Once the victim develops an addiction, the illicit trade yields profit to the peddler. Subsequently, the drug abuser starts to steal money from home, then becomes either a sub peddler or commits crime for finding money for drug abuse. As time passes, one may need larger doses of the drug to get high. At this stage, that person may need help from a doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organised treatment programme to overcome addiction and stay drug-free.
If someone is found abusing a drug, then there are three steps a support person can take, notes the NCB official. First one is to talk to a counsellor. The next step is to taking to de-addiction centre to detoxify his body and support in recovery. The last one is to inform the law enforcement agency about the source of drugs.
Bruno also notes that talking to children about the risk of drug abuse can help prevent them from falling into the trap of the narcotics world. He also advises strengthening the bond with children. “Our motto should be ‘say yes to life and say no to drugs’,” he added.
10 SIGNS OF ADDICTION
- Unusual need for money;resorting to stealing
- Less socialisation;irresponsible behaviour
- Shabby appearance
- Risky behaviour
- Lack of motivation
- Often mood swings
- Changes in speech; rapid
- or slurred
- Drowsiness, coughing and diarrhoea complaints
- Changes in appetite
- Tremors or excessive sweating