What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when you hear ‘Drugs' ?
Cocaine? Hash? Marijuana? A rave party? Narcos? Or Breaking Bad?
The consumption and possession of drugs is illegal in India. Still India is one of the major ‘drug hubs' of the world, and drugs are very easily available to anyone who wants them.
2.8 percent of the population of India, i.e., almost 26,800,000 people are reported to be cannabis users and the actual number is much bigger than this, even after the possession and consumption being banned.
So, how does these drugs get into the country?
Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are the centres of supplying the domestic drugs like Charas(hash) and Ganja(marijuana). Other centers include the borders of Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and these drugs are transported to all the other parts of the country.
What do the drugs do?
Mostly Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one’s thinking also providing a false sense of pleasure.
Why do people do drugs?
People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives Or To fit in or escape and relax or to relieve boredom and sometimes to experiment.
Are all drugs bad?
Drugs like opioids are being used since ancient times in India, ‘bhang' is form of Marijuana is legal in India and widely consumed on the festival of Shivratri. Charas is widely consumed by the Naga priests. In many countries like Canada the recreational use of marijuana is legal.
Most medical papers state that consumption of drugs is harmful, but actually it depends upon the quantity and the type of drug consumed.
There are different types of drugs available along with different types of opinion about them, some drugs can be beneficial and others(mostly chemical) could be deadly and life ruining. But all the drugs cannot be type casted as diabolical.
This article has been written by Yashovardhan Tiwary for The Paradigm
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