Kozhikode: The city police here, launched a comprehensive action plan against drug abuse and drug peddlers under the title ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Task) on Wednesday. Tackling the menace would mainly be on two sides – on the supply side to reduce supply of drug, i.e, to take action against the drug peddler, and on the demand side i.e, to create awareness among users not to use drug.
“There are mainly three types of crimes related to drugs. Offences defined by drug possession or sales, offences related to drug abuse, such as stealing and drug abuser to engage in illegal activities. This comprehensive action plan is prepared to curb the menace of drug abuse in the society,” said city police commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin, on the launch of the project.
He added that there is a wide spread thinking of 'not my kid' syndrome, which means that every parent thinks that his/her child will never fall in the trap of drug abuse. “There are instances even the children, of the persons who are working against drug abuse, are using drugs,” the commissioner said.
On the supply side, the police would be intending to ensure that there is reduction in the supply of narcotic materials. For this, the District Anti-Narcotics Special Action Force (DANSAF) has to play major role. They have to take all possible efforts to detect the cases, including preventive measures like raids in suspected areas, regular checking at vulnerable locations and probable routes such as Railway stations, bus stands, parcel services etc.
The team should conduct surprise checking at suspected long route buses, like Idukki, Coimbatore, Goa, Orissa etc. Service of dog squad is also essential for checks. The DANSAF nodal officer should conduct surprise checks and the team shall liaise with investigation team to ensure that the case is properly investigated and all efforts are taken to correct the chain.
The station house officers (SHO) are directed to prepare a detailed list of drug peddlers involved in previous NDPS and Abkari cases and shall regularly verify the antecedents of these criminals. Special Branch assistant commissioner shall instruct his staff and collect information on drug peddlers and submit actionable intelligence.
Close coordination between various enforcement wings such as NCB, Excise etc. is also required. The already circulated Whatsapp number for traffic violations (CC- Vigil) - 6238 4886 86 should be popularised. Posters should be made and put at the school, colleges public places for popularizing the number.
On the demand side, the priority lies on discussing with children. Parents should be encouraged to detect the warning signs and symptoms in their kids, so that they can take corrective measures. Narcotics assistant commissioner has been directed to prepare a checklist of warning signs and symptoms by which parent can identify in case if their kids are involved in any form of drug abuse. Later, this checklist should be published so much to reach every parents.
Police and Excise department should regularly visit schools, colleges and other public places to create awareness against drug abuse.
Once the addicts are identified, then there is time for de-addiction and rehabilitation. Narcotics ACP shall list out all centres and NGOs which work on de-addiction and rehabilitation. The services of these centres should be taken with close liaison.