Tribune News Service
Shimla, December 26
The transit point hotspot of ‘chitta’ procurement, supplied from Delhi, has shifted from Sundernagar in Mandi district to Barmana in Bilaspur district and the rate has shot up to Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,000 per gram (an increase of up to Rs 3,000). The fact came to light during the first meeting of the HP Nasha Nivaran Board.
The chitta (heroin) addiction has surpassed cannabis (charas) and other hard drug addiction in HP. As per the study of 1,170 drug users lodged in 27 de-addiction centres, 34.61% of the addicts are chitta consumers.
A survey conducted on 4,020 persons between Salappar and Mandi has revealed that 70 per cent of the youth are using drugs of which 500 are girls. There has been an increase in the number of girls taking injections, said OP Sharma, convener-cum-adviser of the board.
“The chitta (heroin) addiction has surpassed cannabis (charas) and other hard drug addiction in Himachal and as per the study of 1,170 drug users lodged in 27 de-addiction centres, 34.61 per cent of addicts are chitta consumers with highest number in 15-30 years age bracket and tramadol is being used as its substitute,” he said.
Sharma, who made a presentation on “Prevailing Drug Situation in Himachal Pradesh” said trends needed to be analysed as possibility of turning opium into heroine in times to come could not be ruled out.
Inputs suggested that around 400 gram panchayats in six districts — Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi, Kullu, Chamba and Kangra — were dealing with the sale of commercial drugs, mainly cannabis, he stated.
However, the efforts of the police were also lauded and it was revealed that drug-free Himachal Aap and nasha nivaran samitis, constituted at police station level to combat the drug menace, have been appreciated by the Union government.