Hap­pi­ness with­out drugs and al­co­hol

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The In­ter­na­tional day against drug abuse and il­licit traf­fick­ing was ob­served on the 26th of June, 2015 through­out the world and about 243 mil­lion peo­ple con­sist­ing about 5.2% of the world pop­u­la­tion aged be­tween 15 to 64 has used il­licit drugs. The ex­tent of drugs users and those with drug use dis­or­ders is about 27 mil­lion.

Con­sid­er­ing the world re­ports in the pro­duc­tion, traf­fick­ing and abuse of drugs has re­mained a ma­jor chal­lenge and con­tinue to cause so­cial men­aces even af­ter declar­ing a war against the drugs.

One of the rea­sons re­spon­si­ble for this is the rapid pace of mod­ern­iza­tion and un­prece­dented eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment as well as pro­found so­cial changes has been one of the rea­sons for the ram­pant use of con­trolled sub­stance in Bhutan.

It has been most re­gret­ful that as per the Na­tional Base­line Sur­vey of 2009 more than 1000 drugs users in 14 Dzongkhags which are pri­mary youths and school go­ing chil­dren. The records with the Royal Bhutan Po­lice shows that more than 1200 cases of drugs abuses since the clamp down on the drug started in De­cem­ber 2013.

How­ever with the strong com­mit­ment from the gov­ern­ment to com­bat the men­ace the drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion by in­sti­tut­ing de­mand and sup­ply re­duc­tion poli­cies and pro­grammes. The Nar­cotics and Psy­chotrop- ic and Sub­stance Abuse bill 2014 been passed by the Na­tional Assem­bly and due to this there will be a in­sti­tu­tion of stricter penal­ties to those who smug­gle il­licit sub­stance and on the other hand by pro­vid­ing re­quired med­i­cal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion care to the rug users.

Drug ad­dic­tion as per the sci­en­tific re­seach is rec­og­nized as a chronic brain dis­ease that re­quires proper treat­ment and sup­port. As the ad­dict needs more so­cial sup­port from the so­ci­ety and well wish­ers it be­comes equally im­por­tant that mem­bers in the so­ci­ety plays a vi­tal role in de­cid­ing the fate of the re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts.

On the other hand care must be taken to safe guard the in­ter­est of the peo­ple in the so­ci­ety who gets ex­ploited from drug traf­fick­ers and de­struc­tors. They are the real per­pe­tra­tors in the so­ci­ety who de­stroys our youth for their liv­ing. Care must be taken to ex­pose or stop these peo­ple who had de­stroyed the hap­pi­ness of another fam­ily and de­stroyed the lives of many in­no­cent peo­ple.

With the launch­ing of the drug free cam­paign by Her Majesty the Gya­lyum Tsh­er­ing Pem Wangchuck with the theme “To­gether we can: Hap­pi­ness with­out drugs and al­co­hol “we hope that we will be able to save some life of our pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens. We need sup­port from our par­ent, teach­ers, stake­hold­ers and so­ci­ety to han­dle this men­ace and to­gether we can.

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