Drug changes the structure and functioning of thebrain.Despite

Drug addiction is a psychological disease because it changes the structure and functioning of thebrain.Despite having adequate knowledge about the harmful effect of drug on health, the addictbecomes dependent of them which leads to immense human distress.At present, drug traffickingand drug addiction is spread all over the world which has spawned crime and violence worldwide.Drug abuse is a complex phenomenon which has various social, cultural, biological, geographicaland historical economic aspects.The addict develops an uncontrollable desire to consume the drugfinding it impossible to control the drug intake and they are unable to discharge their day to dayresponsibilities in an efficient manner.The problem of drug addiction is all the more serious because the addicts are mostly young boysand girls, the future citizens of a country on whom depends the future , its welfare and the society.The nuclear family system, absence of parental love and care in modern families where bothparents are working often leads to the adolescent taking up drugs to escape the loneliness. It is atthis stage that the teenage picks up the habit of taking drugs.Drug addiction is often seen in patients who have experienced psychological trauma. Experiencingtrauma early in life increases a person’s susceptibility for drug addiction. Peer pressure and lack ofparental involvement in child’s activities are among the leading causes for drug addiction amongthe youth and teenagers.The era of industrialisation, urbanisation and migration have led to loosening of the traditionalmethods of social control, rendering an individual vulnerable to the stresses and strains of modernlife. Millions of drug addicts all over the world are leading miserable lives between life anddeath.The effects of drug addiction are quite fatal. Damaged immune system which increasessusceptibility to infection, cardiovascular conditions including heart attack and collapsed veins,nausea vomiting and abdominal pain.The geographical location of J&K helps in easy availability of drugs in the state.The turmoil andstress play a huge role in this never ending war on drugs. Drug abuse has been a common for J&Kwhich invites attention of the authorities and civil society to treat this menace that is destroying notonly the abuses but is eating the vitals that are necessary to ensure a peaceful and prosperoussociety.J&K, a state that makes headlines for terrorism is also a victim of rampant drug menance that hasposed a serious challenge equivalent to terrorism. J&K borders two hostile neighbours which havecompounded and are undoubtedly responsible for narcoterrorism in the state.The incessant turmoilof Kashmir has often led the youth to follow the path of darkness where drugs has been used asquick yet disastrous escape from the pain of unabated conflict.The youth of J&K has been hooked to different substances ranging from cannabis, to inhalants,like whiteness, paint thicker, and solvent. Cannabis, the gateway to drug is easily available.According to data retrieved by de-addiction centre at SMHS hospital, 71% of people are treated forsubstance use, cannabis being most commonly abused.Narcotics Control Bureau of Union Ministry of home affairs annual report 2016 points that J&K is atop state in India where drug illicit crops are cultivated. Lately, the J&K Police has been involved ina campaign to destroy drug crops like poppy. The three feet poppy plant with pink or white flowersis often grown by many farmers in Kashmir as an additional source of income.This drug is in high demands in states like Rajasthan and Punjab. Since the transaction takesplace in cash, it leaves no trail of documents. The poppy trade has flourished in the valley. Manyfarmers in Kashmir defend the cultivation of the poppy crop, for its seed locally known as Kashash,widely used for garnishing food. However, the money offered for each kilogram is the major reasonfor rampant growth of the illicit crops. Profitability from these crops is the main reason that thecultivation of pulses, potatoes have been replaced.According to the official reports, 5134.10 Kanals of poppy and bhang were destroyed in the state,and in 2017, the total destruction has been 9233.8 kanals. As per the data available with Jammuoffice of Narcotics Control Bureau 640 persons have been arrested till November 30, 2017 inconnection with 531 cases registered under NDPS Act, 89 kgs of charms, 63 kgs of heroin, 202kgs of ganja and 1kg of brown sugar has been recovered this year.The ripple effect of one farmerprofiteering from cultivation of opium has invited others to join in.The excise department officialsfind the cultivation of illicit crop is prevalent in the districts of Kashmir namely Pulwama, Anantnag,Budgam and Kupwara.The United Drugs Control Programme (2012) has reported that 70,000 people in the valley aredrug abusers out of which 4000 are females. The age group of 17-35 years are indulged insubstance abuse. The alarming rate at which the youth is falling prey to this menace oftenquestions the trumpet of development blown. Development for who? If the youth is becoming aburden for the society then who would be the bearers and inheritors of a culturally vibrant stateJ&K.A Japanese proverb rightly sums up the ill and often fatal effect of the substance abuse- ” First theman takes the drink, then the drink takes the man”.The fact that there is nexus of cops-soldiers-mafia controlling the drug business in J&K wasestablished when J&K police nabbed one army jawan with 8kgs of heroin costing Rs 40 crores.The Narcoterrorism is more dangerous than other kinds of terror and it has to be taken other kindsof terror and it has to be taken as one of the menaces prevailing in the society which can bedevastating for younger generation.To fight drug menaces, the cooperation of people is necessaryto root out the menace. More efforts are needed to wipe out the menaces from the state. Smallefforts done by individuals are needed. Police along with others are trying their best to have drugsfree society.Govt must open drug de addiction and rehabilitation centres in the districts of J&K.Hostile neighbours have been quite successful in their attempts to saw the seeds of narcoterrorism.In past various consignments of drugs have been seized on the LOC by the army.The need of the present day is to ensure that narco terrorism is put to a check. There must berolling out of programmes for rehabilitating drug abuses. Religious scholars, priests must play akey role in generating awareness about the menace. Various awareness programmes explainingthe physical, emotional, psychological imbalance arising out of drug abuse must be held monthly.Ifdrug abuse isn’t tackled efficiently in time it can have grave consequences for the state at large.