Harsh Life, Unemployment Turns Kashmiri Youth Into Drug Addicts

Harsh Life, Unemployment Turns Kashmiri Youth Into Drug Addicts

28 November 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Calling upon the Omar Abdullah led coalition government to form an effective mechanism in order to tackle the increasing drug menace, the participants in a local interaction program today said 'harsh life , unemployement was turning kashmiri youth into drug addicts. Kashmir Reform Group an NGO organized an interactive session with a large number of youngsters at the SSM Engineering College Pattan to hear views regarding the drug addiction and ways to counter its growing roots in the state. The session started with a speech from the founder of the Group, Suhail Aga, who laid emphasis on forming a platform for the youth where in the issues concerning the younger generation, should be discussed. “Drug addiction has become a very common problem in our generation. People often turn to drugs because they are not able to face the pressures and challenges of life. They fail to understand that drug addiction is not just causing harm to their body but to their mind too. It causes a lot of mental and emotional imbalance in an individual,” Suhail said. During the session, the participants put forth various suggestions regarding the drug menace in the state. “There are a number of different ways to tackle this problem. Treatment centers have come up with different treatment plans for every stage of addiction. Home Drug Addiction, Inpatient Treatment, Day program addiction treatment, and one to one drug addiction counseling are some of the remedial for tackling this menace,” said Nissa Basim one of the volunteers for the group. Few of the participants also suggested in a place like Kashmir, religion can play a good role in counseling the youth involved in drug addiction. “Islam has role to play. I have seen many boys who were properly counseled by few religious groups. There life has completely changed,” said Amaan Jameel a student of the college who participated in the session.