Drug users on rise in Pokhara

- LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara

Jun 26, 2014-

The tourist hub of the nation, Pokhara, has witnessed a steady rise in the number of drug users in the past five years. According to data provided by various organisations, the number of drug users has increased by approximately 1,500 in the period.

Data provided by an independent organisation Community Support Group states that there are 6,414 drug users in Pokhara, among which 503 are females and that 2,500 were Injection Drug Users (IDUs). Executive director of the Group Dilip Gurung said the figure stood at 5,200 five years ago.

In a press meet organised on the eve of 27th International Drug Day, it was revealed that Kaski had the third highest number of drug users and traffickers after Kathmandu and Sunsari, respectively. Meanwhile, statistics collected by various organisations revealed that the number of drug users across the country had witnessed a two-fold increase during the past five years. Opposed to 41,000 five years ago, the number had increased to an excess of 91,000 users. According to police, most of the users and drug traffickers belonged to the age group between 15 to 25 years, comprising mostly unemployed youths as well as college and school students.

Published: 27-06-2014 08:48

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