AIZAWL, FEB 6: The central committee of the Young Mizo Association (CYMA) and Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 14 major churches in Mizoram have agreed to make collective effort to combat against rampant misuse of drugs and alcohol in the Mizoram.
In a joint meeting held between the leaders of Central YMA and MKHC here at Synod Committee room on Monday, both sides had deliberated on wide range of issues concerning rapid increase of drug smuggling and rampant drug abuse in the state and how measure should be taken for collective effort to combat the menace.
Central YMA president Vanlalruata said that they have discussed on issues relating to the impact of drugs and alcohol among the people especially young generations and the need for combine effort to combat against drugs.
He said that YMA, the largest civil society organisation in Mizoram has been launching massive combat against the menace of drugs since many years back which by and large turned futile as the rate of drug abuse in the state keeps increasing year after year. “We are dumbfounded to see the menace of drugs being increased rapidly in the state and we are helpless to accelerate our fight beyond this capacity,” he said.
He said the leaders of Central YMA and MKHC agreed to make combined effort with the help of prayers to check the growing rampant drug abuse and smuggling and also misuse of alcohol.
The Central YMA record said that at least 1,473 people including 163 females have died due to drug abuse in Mizoram since 1984 when the first drug-related death due to heroin was detected in the state. The main killer drugs was Proxyvon/parvon followed by heroin. However, recently heroin took up the position of being the main killer drug in the state.
The record also said that at least 964 people died in four hospitals in Aizawl due to consumption of alcohol in four years during 2013-3016. The rate of alcohol-related deaths was high during 2015-2016 as it registered 23.03 per cent out of the total number of deaths.
Leaders of Central YMA said that at least 4,642 people are presently affected by drugs and these addicts were sent to various de-addiction centres and district jails.
They added that drugs and other contraband worth over Rs 21.29 crore were seized during 2005 till January this year.
Earlier in January, the leaders of Central YMA also called on Mizoram governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Rtd) and asked the latter to take initiative for enactment of stringent laws to check rampant alcohol and drugs abuse and drugs smuggling in the state.