Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi opined that collective efforts of all quarters have become an urgent need to combat illicit smuggling of drugs along with its trading and abusing to protect people and the young generation in particular, reports BSS.
They said 80 per cent of the drug addicts belong to the age group of 15 to 30 in the country. So, there is no alternative to adopt measures of anti-smuggling of drugs.
Department of Narcotics Control and Drugs Resistance Committee jointly organised the meeting at Rajshahi College Auditorium here on Thursday.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and commissioner of Rajshahi Division Nur-Ur-Rahman addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with principal of Rajshahi College Prof Habibur Rahman in the chair.
Liton told the meeting that the government has taken a decision on carrying out dope test of those who will enter into public jobs. He also said time has come to doing dope test during the time of admitting in college and university.
He added that all the RCC employees will be brought under dope test and legal action will be taken against those will be detected as drug-addicts.
Deputy commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Saiful Islam, Additional District Magistrate Julkar Nion and additional director of Department of Narcotics Control Jafrullah Kajal also spoke.
Mayor Liton said maladjustment, rising crime, health hazards, murder and suicide are the major consequences of abusing of drugs like heroin, phensidyl, ganja, pathedrine and tranquilizers. He said the law enforcement agencies alone isn’t capable to combat the social disease but community participation coupled with family and social contribution is very important to this end.
He said forging social resistance has become indispensable to uproot the crime as it’s being adjudged as a grave concern in society.
Liton called for arranging trilateral meeting with the neighbouring countries so that India and Myanmar don’t send drugs to Bangladesh as our country isn’t producer of drugs but being used as consumer as a whole.
He said drugs- free society must be built at any cost to protect people particularly the young generation from deadly aggression of the drugs.
He urged the community people to extend their wholehearted cooperation towards law enforcement agencies with authentic information about the drugs traders and traffickers so that they could be brought to book.