There are multiple reasons responsible for the increased drug abuse in Kashmir valley. The foremost reason is manifested in the socio-psychological aspects of youth. Due to the ongoing turbulent situation in the valley, the youth are facing enormous problems of this nature due to the political instability and unemployment scenario. Moreover, due to the poor industrial structure and low status of the private sector in Kashmir, the problem of unemployment among youth has been causing great social unrest. The frustrations are innumerable in the absence of sound social policy and planning in the direction of empowerment of youth. Since it is an unsatisfied desire which leads one to drugs and in the hope of killing that pain of betrayal or failure, a “drug” seems to be the panacea that serves the frustration and insecurity of the youth.
The Drug De-Addiction centre was started by CSRL in Association with Max India Foundation at Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir in 2016. The project is supported by 19 Artillery Brigade of the Indian Army. It was inaugurated by Maj Gen Anil Chauhan SM, VSM, General Officer Commanding 19 Infantry Division.
Drug De-addiction Centre, Baramulla under the aegis of Chinar Corps & Dagger division (Army), continuing in collaboration with Max India in the fight against Drug menace in Kashmir valley. Drug abuse has been an enormous public health problem worldwide.
The necessity of curbing the menace of drug abuse is well understood by one and all. To put a curb on this menace by providing psychological conditioning and counseling to the drug addicts through Drug De-addiction Centre, Baramulla, various activities are organised to spread awareness on drug abuse and about the facility being provided by Indian Army to locals of Baramulla.
Form the analysis of drug abusers in the valley it is evident that Kashmir has a severe problem of drug menace which is compounded by militancy and the success achieved by the joint effort of the Army and Max India Foundation India has shown the possibility of putting a curb on this menace. So far, 2148 individuals have undergone necessary counseling and 782 have come out of this deadly menace.