Waging a war against drugs for close to a decade, the government in Punjab focussed mostly on the male addicts. It was only last year that the need for a de-addiction centre exclusively for women was felt and one was set up at Kapurthala
A new report released by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS on the magnitude of substance abuse in India showed that substance use exists in all population groups and alcohol was the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians.
On Sunday Dr. Rajesh Patil, a laparoscopic surgeon from Goa Medical College who has presented a paper on alcoholism spoke to children of classes eight to ten — and made them aware of the various illnesses one could contract due to substance abuse.
It was in 1995 that Balwinder Singh, who had done Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharma), first got a licence to run a chemist shop under his name. Sources in the FDA disclosed that despite frequent raids, he was neither booked nor his licence cancelled until Shoree intervened in 2009.
From opium and heroin to cocaine, Chandigarh is fast turning into a haven for both drug dealers and users. With smoking a joint or getting doped becoming de rigueur among the young and not-so-young at weekend parties, we could soon see an Udta Chandigarh