- The records of the Excise and Narcotics Department of Mizoram revealed that substance abuse in the state resulted in the loss of at least 65 lives, in which, 12 women succumbed to the drug abuse, in the year 2017
- The excise and narcotics department records show at least 1,468 people have died from substance abuse in the state since 1984.
The records of the Excise and Narcotics Department of Mizoram revealed that substance abuse in the state resulted in the loss of at least 65 lives, in which, 12 women succumbed to the drug abuse, in the year 2017.
The records depict that out of the 65 drug-related deaths in the year 2017, 28 people succumbed to the heroin overdose and the rest of the people died due to abuse of other narcotics
One of the officials of Excise and Narcotics department said, “Around 6.035 kilograms of heroin, 13,400 Methamphetamine tablets and 1,59,471 tablets of Pseudo-ephedrine were seized during raids in 2017.The department also seized 392-kilogram marijuana (cannabis) and destroyed 4,127 ganja plants.
The official said that one person has died due to the drug abuse in the first week of January, this year. As per the official reports, the state of Mizoram had recorded the maximum number of drug-related deaths in the year 2004 when 143 people lost their lives due to the addiction of drugs. The excise and narcotics department records show at least 1,468 people have died from substance abuse in the state since 1984.
DRUG ABUSE, A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR MIZORAM
There have been the authorities in the state that are trying hard to get onto the nerves of drug abuse, which is turning out into an epidemic in Mizoram. The state government has been conducting the surveys and the public meetings to make people aware of the side-effects of narcotic drugs.
The NGOs have been working religiously to get to the misguided youths. In one such meeting in the month of October last year, on drug menace organised by the central committee of Young Mizo Association (Central YMA) which involved ministers, government top officials and church leaders in Aizawl, it came lucid enough that over 1,400 people have died due to drug abuse in Mizoram since 1984, when the first drug-related death due to heroin was detected.
During the meeting, Central YMA vice president Vanlaruata had informed that at least 1,456 people, including 156 females, have died due to drug abuse (in 34 years) since 1984 till July 2017 and in the coeval period, there are at least 2080 people which are affected by drugs who have been put up at several rehab centres in Mizoram. The data had shocked the concerned authorities at that time, still, the question arises, why is there no action taken to make people aware of the hazards, is still not understandable!
Mizoram Excise & Narcotics Department Commissioner Ngurchungnunga Sailo in a recent interaction with the media had informed that at least 280 people have died due to drug abuse and 3318 people arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act since 2010 to July 2017.
Notably, Mizoram has been the first state in the country that has conducted a Baseline Survey on Extent and Pattern of Drug Use. The reports of this survey had shocked the concerned authorities! The survey was carried out in all of the 8 districts of Mizoram by a team of 32 researchers that had 2633 drug users were interviewed. The average age of the drug users was 28.
The survey reports that had been conducted on 2633 persons, depicted that 80 percent were males, 10 percent were females and 1 percent were transgender. Most of the drug abusers started using drugs from a tender age of 12 years.
The survey revealed that 81.6 percent of the drug abusers were jobless while 32 percent male drug users were employed to the permanent jobs. Of all the female drug users, 12.9 percent were into selling drugs and 33 percent were the commercial sex workers.