SIRSA: In the din of political campaign, as almost every political party in Sirsa (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Sirsa) parliamentary constituency seeks votes in the name of its leaders, caste/clan and connections/clout or by approaching Dera Sacha Sauda (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/dera-sacha-sauda), nobody has raked up the issue of drug addiction that has assumed alarming proportions in this border district in recent years.
According to the data procured by TOI from district health authorities, around 1,405 cases of drug abuse were reported for treatment in 2014. Four years later, the numbers rose to 18,551 in 2018. Of these, 650 were indoor patients.
The inflow of narcotics is rampant in the district as it shares boundaries with two states including Punjab and Rajasthan
TThe most dangerous trend that is emerging is shifting of people from natural drugs to synthetic drugs. In the past around four months, the district police seized around 1.62 lakh tablets and 77,000 capsules of pharmaceutical drug. This number, according to police, is three times higher than the previous recoveries made in that period. More