Kozhikode: Shocking facts have emerged regarding children seeking relief in addictive substances in the district. Officials said that as many as 128 youngsters took part in counseling programmes for those who landed in the net of the police and excise for using and selling such items over the past four months.
According to doctors, children start using alcohol and other addictive substances out of curiosity, but when faced with compulsions over studies from home, they become addicts.
Among the kids who underwent counseling, 21 had been engaged in drug trafficking. Nine of them are now at various rescue homes. Forty children had sought refuge in narcotic substances unable to handle demands over academics from parents. The number of children who took to alcohol seeing their parent or guardian drinking was 32. Several children starting using addictive substances after obtaining poor scores in school. Most of these youngsters were aged between 13 and 17.
During counseling, it was found that some children had become severe addicts, making recovery difficult. In another case, a student who was a topper in studies took to addiction and started faring poorly in exams. However, after counseling, he overcame his addiction and is concentrating on academics now.
Kozhikode turning a hub
Police and excise say Kozhikode is turning into the hub of drug trafficking in North Kerala. Over the last one month, 88 cases were registered in this connection and 62 persons, including college students, landed in the net of the authorities. “The number of school and college students using and selling drugs is increasing,” said an official.
Central agencies to join probe
Investigators belonging to Central agencies will be part of a new team which will handle cases involving trafficking of new gen drugs. The state and central agencies have arrived at an agreement to exchange information in this regard, including details of habitual offenders.
The team will comprise officials from excise, narcotics control bureau, intelligence agencies, marine enforcement, coast guard, RPF, airport, CISF, customs and police.
After the state and central agencies started cooperating, officials at Kozhikode airport recently foiled a bid to smuggle drugs.
Noted psychologist Dr K Sheela has this to say on children using addictive substances:
“Children are being compelled to excel in studies, putting extreme stress on them. They are forced to develop an aggressive mindset and engage in severe competition. To escape from the situation and find relaxation, some children may use addictive substances. Being immature psychologically as well as biologically, kids are easy prey to such temptations.
“Youngsters of this age group undergo severe stress in normal course due to a host of reasons. Instead of addressing these issues, forcing them to engage in extreme competition would prove counterproductive.”