In 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 26 of each year would be celebrated as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This special day sees the organization of campaigns to raise awareness of the problem of drug addiction and drug trafficking. The goal is to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve a drug-free society. This year’s theme is “Addressing Drug-Related Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.
Drugs mean death. As soon as a person starts consuming them, his precious life is consumed. Heroin abuse is so dangerous that it alters the chemical composition of the brain. Drug abuse refers to the use of toxic or prohibited drugs or the misuse of a legal drug or substance, such as opioids (poppy straw), heroin, morphine, cannabis (bhang), prescription drugs or inhalants (paints, glues, sprays, ink liquid).
All drugs are drugs, but not all drugs are drugs. Drug addiction is a complex brain disease. Its prevention effectively involves understanding the biological, genetic, social, psychological, religious and environmental factors that predispose individuals to drug addiction.
Drug addiction becomes drug addiction with the first drug use. Drug addiction is on the rise in J&K, especially in the Kashmir Valley. A survey found that most abusers are between 18 and 35 years old. There are many reasons for this increase such as drug culture, lack of awareness, easy availability, greed to get rich, and peer pressure. The consumption of poppy and bhang products has become rampant and has increased physical, mental and economic illnesses. This in turn is responsible for increased crime, moral degradation, less participation in productive activities, etc.
All major world religions discourage bhang, wine, alcohol, gambling and other addictive and intoxicating substances. Islam not only discourages them all but prohibits the use of even small amounts. According to the teachings of the Holy Quran, “He makes all good things lawful for them and all evil things forbidden for them” (7:157).
Drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cannabis (charas), cocaine, opium and others are included in the prohibited category. It is well known that the use of such drugs affects sensory perceptions. The prevailing moral callousness, weakening of the will, and neglect of responsibility are the terrible results of drug addiction. In addition, injection drug users (IDUs) are at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Similarly, hepatitis B and C are much more common among drug addicts.
In short, every individual, especially religious preachers, teachers, police, judiciary, mosques or welfare committees, must play their part in eradicating this menace. Bearing in mind the horrific consequences of drug addiction, let us try to end this menace and save the best minds in our society.
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