Injectable Drug Abuse

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FROM: AE28697
TO: Ministry of development of north east affairs, India
RE: Scenario C-Health and harm reduction
DATE: 19 October 2013
North-east (NE) India is connected to remaining part of India through a constricted passage known as Siliguri Corridor squeezed between Nepal and Bangladesh (Hussain, 2011). It comprises of seven sister states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. The region shares more than 4500 km of international border with China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan. The region is presently facing acute problem of drug addicts who operate in groups and prefer administration through
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Sources reveal the trans-border smuggling routes starting from Khamti (Myanmar) to Noklak and Mokokchung in Nagaland (India), from Mandalay (Myanmar) via Tamu to Moreh in Manipur (India) and from Homalin (Myanmar) to Kohima (India) (Dolabhai, 2003).

The present scenario of drug abuse in NE India is very alarming as the future of the states is in ruin. Three simultaneous actions are recommended to resolve the problem. These are checking the trans-border smuggling of drugs, tackling the existing drug users and deterring fresh case. These can be implemented through strict vigil, Systematic De-addiction and Rehabilitation Programme (SDRP) and by generating scope for healthy livelihood.
Strict Vigil The very first challenge is to impose strict check at the international borders again drug trafficking. The second challenge is to increase awareness regarding the adverse effect of drug abuse through mass campaigning. Young Mizo Association (YMA), a local organization created by the youths of Mizoram observed that drug abuse cases in the state in decline. Since 2004, 143 drugs related death case has been reported and by June 2008, the same has come down to only four. However, harsh punishment method employed by YMA called 'Supply Reduction Service' drew flak from many quarters including the local media the human rights activists. (Outlook India, 2008)
Systematic De-addiction and Rehabilitation Programmes Withdrawal symptoms of
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