'Drug trafficking on alarming rise'
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
Drug trafficking is accelerating at an alarming pace in the country, noted the speakers at a seminar yesterday in the city.
The seminar on drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation was organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development and Research (CSDR).
In his keynote paper, Director General of narcotics control department Mohammed Salam said they have tracked 3452 cases of drug trafficking between January to June this year.
He added that at least 4140 persons were arrested and 9.335 kg of Heroin, 3.542 kg of Charash, 0.023 kg Opium, 1270.37 kg Cannabis and 5814 Cannabis plant were seized. About 4,83,88 bottles and 149.65 litres of Phensedyl together with 488 ampoule of Tidigesic injection were also seized.
The number of cases, arrested and seizes is almost double compared to the same period in 2001.
Availability of drugs has increased as Bangladesh is located between the two major opium producing areas known as the Golden triangle and the Golden Crescent, the speakers noted. Moreover, the porous borders with India make it easier to smuggle drugs like Phensedyl and Tidigesic injection, they added.
Almost 99 per cent of the drug addicts in the country are male, said Mohammed Salam in his paper. At least 66 percent of the total drug addicts fall within the age range of 21 to 30 years, he added.
The unemployed people are found to be more addicted than others, the paper said.
However, Salam noted that most figures do not represent the national scenario because they are based on the survey confined to some drug rehabilitation centres across the country.
The speakers focused on various ways of addressing the drug abusing problem and stressed the need for proper treatment and rehabilitation of the addicted population.
Medicinal drugs or pain killers can have a long term damaging effect on the addict, both mentally and physically, noted Clark R. N. Carr, president, Narconon International. He stressed on pain free drug withdrawal process utilising specific nutrition and other assists.
The seminar was chaired by Prof. Samir K Saha, advisor, CSDR. Khondoker Mahbubuddin Ahmed, member of parliament, spoke as the chief guest in the occasion.
Re: Clark Carr does Bangladesh
Thank you Tilman for bringing this item to our attention. I hope others have contacted the paper with information that will let those in that area know from where the speaker Carr is coming from. I have suggested ChrisO's great research in www.narconon-exposed.org .My hope is that it will be forwarded to the proper parties.
Ida J. Camburn
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