Let us Join Hands and Protect our Youth from the Menace of Drugs

Let us Join Hands and Protect our Youth from the Menace of Drugs
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SYED KALEEM GEELANI

A large number of people, in Kashmir, are taking drugs and have became addicted to these but, alas, no one seems to care about the destruction of their lives.
Many people don’t understand why or how why or how other people become addicts. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions and strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking & use that is compulsive, or difficult to control despite harmful consequences.
The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self control and interfere with his ability to resist intense urge to take drugs. The brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a relapsing disease. People in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use after years of not taking the drug.
Despite being aware of these harmful outcomes, many people who take drugs continue to take them; such is the nature of addiction. Most young people use drugs because of curiosity and a vain belief that it will reduce their problems like stress, trauma, anxiety, depression such as failed love relationships and academic failures. People also become addicted to these drugs because of the bad company they keep, too much pocket money they possess, lack of parental guidance, easy availability of drug and so on.
In Kashmir, cases of drug abuse went from more than 14,500 cases in 2014 to 33,222 in 2016, a staggering increase of 130% in two years. In year 2017, alone up to April, the number of drug addicts was 13,352.
A few days ago, while I was scrolling my feed on Facebook, a video caught my eye , from Zakura area of Srinagar City in which a nice person was showing a Hookah(Jajeer) like structure which was used by youths to take different kinds of drugs. The person was appealing to all parents to take serious care of their children. My heart fell very much pained after going through this clip..
People have erased the name of humanity from their lives. They have lost the true meaning of Kashmiriyat which is defined by love, care, attention, support, brotherhood but unfortunately we are gradually losing each of its pillars. I got really happy when people of Qazigund area of Kashmir raised once again the candle of Kashmiriyat by adopting and bearing all the expenses of the children’s of a Pandit family whose father and mother had passed away.
I really appreciate and feel proud at such a good step but at the same time I really feel angry and disheartened by my Kashmiri people, when they see ongoing destruction of the future of Kashmir and act as mute spectators. The youth are the future of Kashmir. When they will get destroyed mentally and physically then obviously our future will also get destroyed. Our silence and carelessness is leading us to a tale of destruction.
It’s the high time to save our future. Our Islamic organizations, NGO’s and common people should come forward and become united leaving aside all the ideological differences to curb this ongoing menace of drug addiction.
I really appreciate the step taken by Minhajul Quran International Anantnag of starting a campaign against Drug addiction. They are conducting programmes at different schools and tuition centres to educate students about the ill effects of drug addiction. We all should come forward voluntarily and join such campaigns. By doing so, we become part of saving of the youth.
The parents of our youth have a special role and responsibility in this regard; they should be very much careful about the activities of their children. They should be given adequate amount of money and should be enquired about the time they spent outside. Parents should check the company of their friends and also enquire about their friends.
I remember a famous quote about the company we keep , that is, our friends and other people with whom we spend our time
“Sohbat E Saleh Turah Saleh Kunad;
Sohbat E Taleh Turah Taleh Kunad”
(If we keep the good company then we too will become good, If we keep bad company then we too will become bad)
I conclude with the words that drug addiction is gradually destroying the future of Kashmir and we, urgently, need to protect the future of Kashmir. The need of the hour is that all Islamic organizations, civil society, NGO’s and common people should come forward and organize awareness camps so that people know the ill effects of drugs. The police should also act strongly against drug peddlers and we, as people, should guide those families who cultivate drugs in their lands and educate them about the ill effects of drugs.

—The author is a Freelance Writer. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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