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Drugs in Punjab

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on August 19, 2014

There has recently been a number of reports about the drugs problem affecting Punjab, India and I wanted to share some useful articles and documentaries. It has become a huge problem, politically, economically and of course socially. If you have any comments or links to other useful articles or references please share them via the comments option.

Glut – The Untold Story of Punjab – 2011 documentary film examining the drug problem in Punjab.

http://vimeo.com/19815617

 

Recent debate on NDTV: Watch: Punjab’s Drug Problem – No Political Will?

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/left-right-centre/watch-punjab-s-drug-problem-no-political-will/330397

 

Four out of 10 men addicted to drugs in Punjab by Shishir Gupta

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/chandigarh/four-out-of-10-men-addicted-to-drugs-in-punjab/article1-1251901.aspx

 

Drug epidemic grips India’s Punjab state by Simon Denyer

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/drug-epidemic-grips-indias-punjab-state/2012/12/31/092719a2-48f6-11e2-b6f0-e851e741d196_story.html

 

‘Drug hurricane’ lashing India’s Punjab by Toral Varla

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/hurricane-lashing-india-punjab-201442982348612953.html

 

Punjab teeters on edge of crisis as 70% fall into drug addiction by Rahul Bedi

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/punjab-teeters-edge-crisis-70-fall-drug-addiction

 

What happened to the land of plenty – Punjab? By Ushinor Majumdar

http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/india/happened-land-plenty-punjab/

 

Drug abuse threatens Punjab’s population

http://www.dw.de/drug-abuse-threatens-punjabs-population/a-16683761

 

Punjab in grip of a drug epidemic

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/punjab-in-grip-of-a-drug-epidemic-1.1082442

 

Sinking into deep despair of a drug epidemic by Ben Doherty

http://www.smh.com.au/world/sinking-into-deep-despair-of-a-drug-epidemic-20130310-2fu2o.html

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  1. Dr Paul Ghuman said, on August 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I read one of the articles on drug addiction and was dismayed at the situation. Who is going to find solution to this tragic menace?

  2. Paul Ghuman [asg] said, on August 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Thank you Pipa for drawing attention to the tragic drug situation. I was utterly dismayed to read one of the articles. What happened to the Punjab which was a granary of India, and produced excellent Jawans for the army and world-class athlete? Emeritus Professor Paul Avatar Singh Ghuman Ph.D. D.Litt. C. Pschol., FBPsS Former Head of Education, Aberystwyth University Former Visiting Scholar Berkley university, California ________________________________

  3. Dr Amarjit Singh said, on August 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Pipa, many thanks for making these web pages on Drug Problem in Punjab available. Each one of them reveals very depressing reading. Never a day goes by that alcohol and drug issues aren’t being talked about in the print media, on television in Punjab and on Punjabi TVs in UK. We hear the voices from around the Punjab State. There was a time when Punjab and Its people were known for their health and wealth as well with their “Simple Living and High Thinking” and Punjab was called as “The Golden Sparrow”. But now there will be nothing wrong if we call it “The Drugs Sparrow”. Youths of Punjab used to feel very proud by calling themselves “Lions of Punjab”, but all that has now been lost. The entire Punjab is in the grip of drug hurricane which weakens the morale, physique and character of the youth. It now appears that we are in the danger of losing the young generation. People in Punjab are really concerned about the impact of drugs and alcohol on young people, families and communities.
    Therefore, efforts need to aim at preventing youth drinking and drug abuse be aimed at changing the entire youth drinking culture by simultaneously targeting three audiences: the youth population as a whole; the college and school and their surrounding environment; and the individual at-risk or alcohol and drug-dependent taker. That old joke about going out drinking to kill a few brain cells may not be so funny anymore.

    Youth of Punjab need to be aware of excessive alcohol consumption and the abuse of drugs are just plain dangerous. Alcohol and drug abuse can affect their health and their ability function and think, and women are negatively affected even more than men. Heavy drinkers and drug abusers are not only a danger to themselves, but to others — on the roads, at home and in the workplace. They should be informed that alcohol and drug abuse can cause damage to the oesophagus through acute haemorrhage and acute gastritis, increase blood pressure, develop Alzheimer’s disease earlier, increase the risks of acute haemorrhagic and ischemic strokes by up to ten fold as well as the risk of acute heart failure.
    Education is the most powerful instrument to meet the challenge of alcohol and drug misuse. Colleges and schools-based drug and alcohol education programmes must help young people to understand the dangers of alcohol and other drugs use and to learn how to make positive, informed and healthy choices about their behaviour and keep free of drugs. However, it must be remembered that the college and school are only one of a number of influences on the young person. Other preventive measures such as the use of mass media communications can play an important role in helping to ensure that young people are equipped with the information they need to make informed, healthy decisions and to keep themselves safe. The home environment is almost certainly the major factor in shaping the youngster’s attitudes to alcohol, as to many other matters, though media also exert their pressures.

  4. Pippa said, on August 28, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I personally feel that drug and alcohol abuse is one of the biggest challenges facing Punjab today. The social impact of this is so tragic and affects not just the abuser but whole families. This is compounded by the failure of the political and religious leadership, just the way they failed to address the long-term consequences of female foeticide.

    • Dr Amarjit Singh said, on August 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      If the social impact of the drug and alcohol abuse is so tragic, then the only way to solve is to make them aware of the effects of their misuse is through education and mass media. As you are aware that here in UK it took more than ten years to make the public aware of the consequences of drink and driving and the costs the UK Government had to bear. If one is driving he or she will not drink alcohol. There are people who still drink and drive, but the percentage is very low according to the statistics published by the Department of Transport. Can Punjab Government do the same? Most probably NO.


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