Anti - Drug Campaign | Drug War in Punjab : Keeping Punjab Clean
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Nov 26, 2006, 23:26

Drugs in Punjab

80% of Punjabi youth takes drugs. The drug problem came to notice only few years ago. The spark was present since past many years, but the fire spread only two or three years ago and it is destroying many houses in Punjab . According to our survey, 78% people say that users make their first contact with drugs through friends. The most popular drugs among students are:

Alcohol - reported by 38%
Smack - reported by 37%
Cigarettes - reported by 25%

As you see in the above survey result, smack (powder form of heroin) is trying to take number 1 spot among the punjabi youth.

Chemist Shops

In the villages, the chemist shops which are meant to be the lifeline for the villagers are one major source of illegal drugs for the village people. There is a major need to control the illegal sale of medicines. The chemists do not ask for a prescription, and they do not keep any inventory of the drugs sold. They even sell the medicine in bulk to individuals, without any doctor’s prescription.

Two Day Anti-Drug Campaign in Khalsa College , Amritsar

SikhGiving in collaboration with United Sikhs held two day drug awareness camp at Khalsa College , Amritsar . A booth was set up as a part of the United Sikhs Anti-Drug program DEEVA (Drug Eradication through Education, Vigilance and Awareness).

The main goal of this project is to educate the upcoming generation regarding the negative effects of DRUGS. Our Drug Awareness campaign is targeting the youth who yet have to enter the world of higher education and have to deal with peer pressure.

Our Survey

Data collected from random 48 users of areas around Amritsar City (approx. 6 villages). Most of the drug users are in the age group of 20 to 30 years old. From the last three years the drug use has seen a steep rise. Everybody has one thing in common which is "Unemployment". They usually inherit a good share of land ranging from 5 Kilas up to 25 kilas or belong to rich families. All of them use heroin (Smack) users.

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Desperate Youth - Willing to do anything to get High

Petrol - They dip a piece of cotton wool in petrol and keep it under their nose and inhale the air and they get high by doing that.

Lizard - They kill and burn the lizard and eat it to get high.

Boot Polish - They rub the boot polish onto the back of their neck and turn it towards the sun and they get high feeling by doing that.

Petrol Pipes - They eat the dirt deposited on the leaking petrol pipe of vehicles and petrol pumps.

Bhang in Cigarette - They rub the Bhang leaf in oily hands until it turns into a small ball of dirt and they put that small ball into the cigarette and smoke it. This gives them more thrill/high than normal cigarettes.

Iodex - They use Iodex in place of Jam on a toast and with that taste they get high. Iodex is a pain relief balm.

Correction Fluid - A simple stationary item which is used to correct writing or typing errors on papers. They cut open it and drink the whole fluid to get high.

Rehab Clinics

Drug De-addiction/Rehab clinics in Punjab are not being open to help the addicts but another way to do business. We couldn't find any clinic which offers good long term plan for the addicts and works according to the Gurmat priniciples. We found Navjeevan Rehab center as the most effective clinic which offers counseling and raising the self-esteem of the addicts. But there are few down points according to Sikh rehat; They shave off everything on addicts face (including Eyebrows) as the punishment to those who try to run away from the clinic.

Drug problem in Punjab can be controlled only if we run the de-addiction centre according to sikhi rehat, including maintaining the Strict Amrit Vela program. Sikhi lifestyle can give these addicts a new life, making them feel that drugs are BIG NO in their religion. We need to lift the spirits of the addicts and boost their self esteem by giving them good counseling and gurmat education.

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