Youth and Drugs

By Aditya Rangroo

Use of drugs is not a recent phenomenon. Use of opium is reported in ancient societies. The Chinese were one called a nation of opium eaters. It was taken as sedative.

The British colonialists in China made the use of opium as a political weapon in early 19th century. They did not want the Chinese people become actively political and thus let the British derive economic benefits, as they liked.

In a sense, the greed of commercial benefit has resurfaced in modern times. But it is not limited to the colonial powers as was the case then. It has proliferated to other countries and communities.

The youth are the prime victim. The reason is simple. They are attracted more frequently than the elders to something novel and exciting. – Commercial factor is in place.

The youth generally want to copy what they see in the films. The filmmakers want to introduce new themes to make their films a success. They do not think of the adverse effect wrong things can have on the youth. As youth want entertainment, they see the films and copy the scenes.

But the youth hardly understand the adverse effects of drug addiction. It not only spoils health but the entire social peace and order of society. When used to drugs, the youth first of all become a nuisance to the parents and to the family. They need money to buy drugs. No parent is prepared to provide them money for this bad purpose. So they start the old theory of beg, borrow or steal. Mostly they steal money from their parents. Thus the social fabric is disjointed.

Effects of drug trafficking disrupts social system, creates a gulf between the youth and the parents, makes a society paralysed and ultimately results in the loss of the creative youth power in society.

Some youth take drug addiction a fashion. It is just the foolishness on their part. They want to behave like modern Romeos. But they are not conscious of its adverse consequences.

The government is conscious of this bad thing among the youth of the country. There are strict anti-drug laws. Part from punitive measures to cub the drug addiction; the government and social organizations also float corrective measures. There is counselling for they addicts. They are advised to follow certain procedures so that they can give up the drug addiction. Many youth have been recovered but there are still many more who are to be corrected.

The best counselling comes from the parents. The parents must not put such curbs on youth that they are forced to go astray. If they find their children going to drug addiction, they should take immediate action and report to counselling agencies for correcting the youth. That is he best way of how we can prevent drug addiction among the youth.

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