Increasing drug addiction among youth a big challenge : Azad

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Well-known scholar Nirmal Kumar Azad has said the increasing drug addiction among the youth of South Asia and other countries has become a formidable challenge for governments of the world.

Every possible solution should be brought up to check this menace, he said.

Adressing a conference on Asian issues at St Luis Washington University in US recently, Mr Azad said, ''to get rid of this problem of South Asia, the whole world should concentrate on it.'' Having been in the Indian Police Service for 14 years of his life, Mr Azad, while speaking about the increasing smuggling of bhang and opium in the Indo-Nepal border said this is happening due to India's big market and its location in between the largest opium producing countries like Afghanistan, Laos and Myanmar. Answering a question on the prevalance of intoxicants in the country, he said the government and non-governmental organisations should play an important role to avoid this problem.

Mr Azad also suggested to keep in mind the rules made by SAARC countries, while grappling with such issues.

UNI

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