CM makes clarion call to combat drug menace
Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Over 1,400 people have died due to drug abuse in Mizoram since 1984 when the first drug-related death due to heroin was detected in the state. This was highlighted at the consultative meeting on drug menace organized by the central committee of Young Mizo Association (Central YMA) involving ministers, government top officials and church leaders here on Friday. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also present at the meeting.
Central YMA vice president Vanlaruata in his presentation said that at least 1,456 people including 156 females have died due to drug abuse in 34 years since 1984 till August 2017 and presently there are 2080 people affected by drugs at several rehab centres in the state.
He said that the main killer drug in the state was spasmo proxyvon followed by heroin.
According to Vanlaruata, there are 10 renowned drug peddlers in Mizoram and 8 smugglers from Myanmar who smuggled drugs to Mizoram. Some of them have been arrested five to six times, he said.
During 2005 to 2017, Supply Reduction Service (SRS), the anti-drug squad of the central YMA seized 12 kg of heroin in Mizoram, according to Vanlalruata.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla made a clarion call to combat drug menace in the state.
He suggested that the current year be declared as “drug combating year” by the government and civil bodies including YMA.
He lauded YMA for its relentless effort in combating the menace of drug in Mizoram and said that people felt much secure due to the tireless service rendered by the civil body.
Lal Thanhawla said that the greatest enemy of Mizoram at this point of time is misuse of drugs.
He added that the government as well as civil societies and churches should come forward to concertedly combat drug menace in the state.
Suggesting a way to mitigate drug abuse in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said that police force should take rigorous step to combat the menace and all advocates should oblige to refrain from fighting any drug related cases.
He also said that people should also refrain from backing the accused (drug user or smuggler) in a court of law in order to check the increasing trend of drug abuse in the state.
Chaired by CYMA president Lalbiakzuala, the consultative meeting was attended leaders of YMA, churches, Mizoram Journalist Association (MJA) and dignitaries including Home Minister and Excise & Narcotics Minister R. Lalzirliana, Law Minister Lalsawta, Health Minister Lal Thanzara, Social Welfare Minister PC Lalthanliana and Parliamentary Secretary KS Thanga.