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28 May 2013

Mizoram Enacts Policy To Check Drug Menace

Aizawl, May 28 : The increasing drug menace in Mizoram has compelled the state government to formulate a new drug policy as at least 10,750 youths in the state, which has a population of barely 10 lakh, are intravenous drug users (IDUs), said Delhi-based UNODC project coordinator Kunal Kishore.

Addressing a press conference in Aizawl on Monday, Kishore added that Mizoram is vulnerable due to its proximity to Myanmar, through which heroin manufactured in the infamous Golden Triangle is brought to the west via the state.

Mizoram shares a 404-km-long international border with Myanmar from where different kinds of drugs and psychotropic substances are sent to other parts of the world. Drugs like pseudo-ephedrine, which are legally manufactured in India, are smuggled to Myanmar via Mizoram as they are used to manufacture drugs like amphetamine and metamphetamine.

The state has also been a victim of widespread addiction of clinical drugs like spasmo proxyvon illegally smuggled from neighbouring states, especially Assam. According to the state excise and narcotics department record, 1,234 people have died in the state due to drugs abuse since 1984.

Doctors said clinical drugs, to be consumed orally, are the main killers as Mizo youths are taking those intravenously resulting in deaths.

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