Bengaluru, June 19: The spread of drug abuse is not limited to Punjab only. Experts say even Bengaluru-India's IT hub-is facing a serious social problem because of rise in substance abuse cases. The number of drug rackets busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bengaluru, indicates how the menace has spread across the city.
The issue of drug addiction in Punjab became a national debate in the wake of the release of the controversial Bollywood film, Udta Punjab, earlier this month.
"In 2014, we busted eight drug rackets. The number of drug rackets busted by the agency went up to 17 in 2015. In the first two months of 2016, we've busted four rackets," Sunil Kumar Sinha, Zonal Director of NCB, Bengaluru, told OneIndia.
One more important fact that has come to the notice of the NCB, Bengaluru-- established by the ministry of home affairs in 2010 with jurisdiction over Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh-is that several illegal drug manufacturing units have come up across Karnataka in the last few years.
The officials of the NCB, Bengaluru, want the participation of the denizens of the city to end the threat.
As the agency is all set to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, it has asked full cooperation from the citizens.
We also invite original slogans and posters (standard size) against drugs abuse in Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and English. The best slogan and poster will be given awards along with appreciation letter from the NCB. We will also use these posters and slogans as part of our awareness programmes," said a Facebook post of the NCB, Bengaluru.
The agency on a regular basis conducts awareness programmes against drug problem in various educational institutions in the city.
"The NCB, Bengaluru, is doing a great job by creating awareness against drug menace. Unless and until residents of the city don't contribute to end the problem, the menace won't be solved," said Shruthi KP, an IT professional.