Concerted efforts sought to check menace of drug abuse

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Jun 27, 2017-

The number of people being arrested for possessing and smuggling banned drugs is increasing by the day.

Law enforcement agencies say drug abuse poses a major threat to health and safety of the people. 

According to “Surakshit Jeevan”, or “Safe Life”, a journal unveiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday at a programme organised to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, until May, 1,548 people including 77 Indians and four foreigners were arrested for possessing drugs. The number was 2,656 in 2015 and 3,696 in 2016. This figure does not include Indians. 

The journal has also compiled survey reports (until 2069 BS, 2012-13) on hard drug users in Nepal. The reports show the number of hard drug users in Nepal has been on the rise. 

According to the reports, hard drug users significantly increased in five years--from 46,310 in 2063 BS (2007-08) to 91,534 in 2069 BS (2012-13). This shows the average annual increase rate of hard drug users was 11.36 percent. The average age of drug users is 27.07 years (minimum 13 and maximum 50 years), according to the reports. 

Speaking at the programme, Ministers for Urban Development Prabhu Saha said the trend of drug abuse began with the development of society and efforts from the government level only were not enough to control it. 

He laid stress on controlling its production and transport, a global concern and challenge as well, for an expected result from anti-drug use efforts.  Home Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi said drug abuse had triggered big tragedies in the world and that the Home Ministry was using all its strength to combat illegal trade of drugs and its use. 

The Home Ministry in the fiscal year 2016-17 had launched the “destroy marijuana cultivation” drive in 19 districts and around 10,000 students and youths attended the awareness campaigns against drug abuse. Likewise, in the period from 2011 to 2016, a total of 15,493 people were jailed for drug abuse. 

 

By numbers

 

- 1,548 people including 77 Indians and four foreigners were arrested for possessing drugs until May 

- In 2015, the number of people arrested for possessing drugs was 2,656 and it was 3,696 in 2016. The figures do not include Indians 

- Survey reports from 2007-08 to 2012-13 show there was a rise in number of hard drug users

- Number of hard drug users stood at 46,310 in 2007-08

Published: 27-06-2017 07:58

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