Srinagar: Civil Society Forum Kashmir (CSFK) has expressed concerned over the alarming rise in the number cases of drug addiction and suicides in the Kashmir valley.
The forum said that while cases are assuming severe magnitude, the efforts to deal with the menace are still out-dated and mostly less effective.
“There are reports of increase in the usage of drugs like heroin and cocaine along with the other substance use. The shocking part is that the supply is unabated in the region despite several departments working on the issue on paper,” the CSFK said, adding, “The menace is increasing everyday and we have reports that shock us. However there are little efforts being made in an organisational manner”.
The CSFK is also expressed concern over the increase in the number of cases of suicides in the Valley. “The issues of mental health are also alarming in the valley and it is important that we as a society come together to check it,” the CSFK said, adding, “Parents, teachers, elders in the society have to play their role in counselling the youngsters. It is imperative to look for signs of mental health issues and address them. These things are usually connected with each other,” said the CSFK spokesman.
The CSFK appealed the administration to take concrete steps by involving the community as well to check the menace of drug addiction.