Q. Write an article on ‘Combating the Menace of Drugs’.
Combating the Menace of Drugs
Drug addiction is a problem that has been increasing menacingly among our society today. It has ruined thousands of families in India. Addiction can trap anyone. It ruins the victims physically, mentally and spiritually. It causes problems in the family and contributes to delinquent tendencies in society. Drug abuse leads to crimes and criminal behaviour. It affects the law and order situation affecting the moral health of the society. The abuse of narcotics has caused a widespread concern to all the civilized countries of the world. It is a curse for a developing country like India. Poverty, unemployment and lack of opportunities have caused a deep sense of resentment, anger and depression among the youths of the country. High aspirations, expanding ambitions and unsatiating consumerism have only worsened the situation. Broken families, loss of moral values and lack of proper guidance force the youths of today to resort to immoral and escapist practices of drug addiction. The young people fall an easy prey to drugs. They lose their discretion, conscience, self-control and will power. They indulge in anti-social activities and soon become outcastes in the society. It is shocking that more than 80 per cent heroine addicts in India are in the age group of 12-25 years. This abuse is more pronounced in cities but even our villages are not completely free from this menace. Mostly disillusioned youths alienated from their families and parental love take to drugs in deep frustration. The drug trade flourishes in our slums, hotels, night clubs and bars. An all-out war must be launched against the menace of drugs. The government must root out the centres and dens of this trade giving exemplary punishments to the guilty. Voluntary organizations, social networks and educational institutions must enlighten young men and women against the menace of drugs. We can’t afford to lose any more time: ‘No’ to drugs must start from today and from just now.