The drug crisis hit Kashmir with an avaricious force engulfing the Valley, snatching away lives early, hitting even children.
A recent shocking event came to light from a Facebook post from a doctor in Srinagar revealing that in the Lalbazar area, drugs are being induced in sweets and offered to children in Cherry Park.
Even a 10-year-old child is not spared and is using drugs revealing that Kashmir’s drug addiction problem has escalated way beyond control. The youth of Kashmir Valley are not just dealing with a mere drug addiction problem, but having to face intense infiltration of hardcore drugs amongst a wide section of the Kashmiri population including young children.
In Kashmir, drug addiction has surged for the last few years and almost 2.5 lakh youth form part of the addicted or affected population in the Valley. The drug-addicted population in Kashmir valley has since then been estimated to have been expanded to about 2.5 lakhs out of which 20% or about 50,000 are Kashmiri women. The drugs are assumed to be evenly dispersed between rural and urban Kashmir. It is now distressing to learn that the consumption of hardcore drugs like heroin has also substantially increased amongst all age groups and all parts of Kashmir valley.
With few drug de-addiction centers in the Valley, Kashmiris have been left to the mercy of God, with very little structural, organizational, or medical help.
There are many reasons for the drug dilemma in the Valley, which include living in the most militarized zone on the Earth, stress, lack of awareness, easy availability from the border, and peer pressure. One gram of heroin costs around (Rs 3000-4000).
In the late nineties, medicinal opiates such as morphine and codeine or benzodiazepine were first used as recreational drugs. As time went on, cannabis was more broadly used, but over the past few years, heroin and cocaine have become the famous rage endangering lives and wrecking finances.
A report reveals that in 2016 the heroine abuse was 15%, now it has gone up to 90%
It is the urgent need of the hour to save Kashmir from the drug invasion and if nothing is done now, soon the younger generation of Kashmir will be destroyed and the Valley will slip into a dark abyss of despair. Kashmir calls out to act now before it is too late.