It been taken both at central as well as

It becomes clear that there is no part
of the world that is free from the curse of drug trafficking and drug addiction.
Drug abuse have become a serious
problem which has affected millions of people including the youth who are
supposed to be the torch bearers of the next generation. Drug abuse has
deterioted lives of millions of drug addicts throughout the globe, as it has
forced them to live a miserable life, where they cannot distinguish between
life and death. The world statistics on drug scenario reveals a grim picture of
drug abuse. It is the third largest business in the world, after petroleum and
arms trade, and has an annual turnover of $500 billion. About 190 million
people thought the globe consume drugs in one or other form. Drug abuse has
many inherent problems in it, prominent being it causes immense human distress
and also its illegal production and distribution of drugs increased  to crime and violence worldwide. The
world community has undertaken many tasks to sensitize, the people in general
and youth in particular about the menace of drugs. Celebration of June 26 as International
Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking every year is one such exercise.
The position in India too is not better and the number of drug addicts is
increasing day by day. The official report of UN reveals that there are at
least one million heroin addicts registered in India, while the unofficial
reports suggest that the number has reached upto 5 million. The Indian state is committed to face and crush the
menace of drug trafficking and in this regard several measures have been taken
both at central as well as at state level. Adequate steps including innovative changes
in enforcement, legal and judicial systems have been taken to give effect to
the crusade against drug abuse/addiction/trafficking. With a view to give deterrent
message to potential offenders strict penalty has been provided for some
offences relating to drugs. The NDPS Act 1958, with all its stringent
provisions has been enacted to curb this menace. Strict provisions including,
imprisonment with a minimum of 10 years extendable to 20 years, and fine from rupees
1 lakh to 2 lakh have been made to crush the menace. The state has come with
comprehensive strategy involving specific programmes to bring about an overall
reduction in use of drugs, and various government and NGO agencies are working
in this regard. Steps like providing of education, counseling treatment and
rehabilitation programs are taken to discourage the drug addiction/trafficking.
As
is well said –”it is never too late”. Therefore, we all need to focus strictly on
this important matter now. Government should set targets to reduce the
drug-abuse levels. It should ensure that efficient preventive measure are been
taken. At our individual level we should contribute effectively in eradicating
this problem. Besides, it is a major responsibility of parents to talk to their
children and shape up their minds positively. They should not pressurize them
academically and socially so much that they fall into this menace. Parental
control including a healthy home environment is a must for controlling drug
addiction. Parents, the guiding light must teach their children to feel empathy
and compassion for others. Drug addiction can be a preventable
disease. Research has shown that prevention programs that involve the family,
schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse.
Although many events and cultural factors affect drug abuse trends, when youths
perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking. It is necessary,
therefore, to help youth and the general public to understand the risks of drug
abuse and for teachers, parents, and health care professionals to keep sending
the message that drug addiction can be prevented if a person never abuses
drugs.