Drugs kill the pain, the joy, the hope, the body, the brain, and finally the soul.
After being the “rape capital” of India, Delhi is all set to be a companion of Punjab in the sphere of drug abuse. A huge population of Delhi is finding solace in drugs. Drugs are often taken for temporary excitement and pleasure, but drug users usually forget that this temporary excitement would have a permanent and harmful effect on their bodies. Residents of Delhi, especially youngsters, are becoming habitual of drug consumption. Drugs are being sold illegally in the city and are mixing in the blood of youth of the city in an enormous amount.
The youth of our national capital is immersed in the habit of drug consumption, leaving behind their career, family and life. In a recent survey by Delhi AIDS Control Society, it has been promulgated that over the past three years, demand for cocaine and heroine has increased in the city. Among these two drugs heroine is more accessible and cheaper as well. In Delhi, 1 gram of heroine costs almost Rs.200-300 whereas cocaine is 15 times more expensive and is popular amongst youngsters. College going youngsters are consuming heroine in great amount.
In January, Delhi and Mumbai were ranked among the world’s top 10 cities with the highest rates of weed consumption. New Delhi was ranked 3 whereas Mumbai was placed on no. 6.
Drug users especially those who smoke Cannabis (weed, pot, grass) put forward various so-called positive effects of consuming weed. Some of them even say that smoking pot is harmless and increases metabolism therefore it should be legalized in the country. On the other hand, doctors have clearly illustrated that marijuana has harmful effects on the brain, it hinders brain development.
Peddling of drugs near universities and colleges has risen, due to which a sudden trend of marijuana consumption is seen in the capital.
There are various harmful effects of drug abuse but psychological and physical effects are more harmful.
We all remember the boy Kamlesh who became a social media sensation after his interview went viral in which he talked about soluchan (solution). Undoubtedly, our country has more than one Kamlesh, teenagers of our country are strongly addicted to drugs.
The biggest problem with drug consumption is that a drug user faces serious health issues while giving up drug addiction. Intake of addictive drugs targets brain due to which a chemical dopamine is released, triggering a feeling of immense pleasure and creates an urge to take that drug again. As a result, various problems occur which include hallucinations, anxiety, depression, wild mood swings, etc.
A survey in 2017 by NDDTC (National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre) revealed that around 70,000 street children in Delhi are addicted to drugs. It was found that these children started consuming opium and heroin at around 13-14 years of age. It was revealed that some of them started taking drugs due to peer pressure while some wanted to see the after-effects of drugs. Some of them started consuming drugs to overcome hunger, cold, poverty and depression.
Drug addiction among youngsters of our country has become a serious issue. Various de-addiction centres have been established but still no solution has been found for this problem. Almost everyday people die due to drug overdose. We must know the value of human life, kids these days find temporary comfort in drugs and ruin their health as well as life. It is high time for the government to take necessary and immediate steps to eradicate the problem of drug addiction.
Drug addiction is considered a sickness but it’s a crime as well. Life is a gift, one shouldn’t ruin it by mixing these harmful drugs with one’s blood.