Mnp: Drugs worth over Rs 2000 cr seized since November 2018

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 9 | Publish Date: 2/9/2020 12:21:12 PM IST
Illegal drugs worth over Rs 2000 crore have been seized and around 100 individuals arrested with drugs were sent to jail ever since Manipur government declared “war on drugs” in November 2018.
While conveying the rough data, chief minister N Biren Singh reiterated his government’s firm stand against drug smugglers and peddlers, saying that there will be no mercy and favouritism to those arrested in drug related cases.
“Whoever is involved in drug smuggle will not be spared,” he said.
He said that besides seizure of huge quantity of smuggled drugs worth over Rs 2000 crore and arrest of over 100 individuals, law enforcing agencies including police had busted over five illegal drug manufacturing units adding that state police with the assistances of Central security forces and other agencies were actively engaging in the destruction of poppy plants in the hill districts of the state.
The CM also appealed to all section of the society to extend full cooperation to the government in fighting against illicit drugs, considering it for the future generation.
The chief minister was talking to reporters after he was honoured with “Saviour of Youths” title by Holistic Vista Substance Use disorders Treatment Centre, Imphal, in recognition of his fight against drug to save the youths of the state. 
Drug trade is considered the third largest business in the world, next to petroleum and arms trade. It has been a backdoor business of almost every country, hindering the wholesome development of a nation and destroying precious lives of resourceful youths, with drug addiction and immense human distress. The United Nations in 1987 adopted a resolution to observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, ‘as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse’. 
Every year since then, June 26 has been observed as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. India also observes this day every year under Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as the nodal agency. A survey report conducted by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), called ‘Magnitude of Substance Use in India, 2019’, revealed that a considerable number of people use psychoactive substances in India, and that substance use exists in all the population groups of 10-75 years of age.
The survey was conducted between December 2017 and October 2018, to document the detailed information of drug (substance) use problem in the country. It found that alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians, with 14.6 percent and makes up about 16 crore people in the country. 
After alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly used substances. The report has also listed Manipur amongst the top 10 alcohol dependent states. 
In Manipur, the lists of substance use range from tobacco products such as paan and cigarettes to ganja (marijuana) and alcohol, Opium, SpasmoProxivon (SP), Methamphetamine (WY), Codeine cough syrup, Pseudo-Epherine among others.

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