Aizawl: The government of Mizoram and Nagaland has asked officials and security forces to tighten up their observance against drug abuse and trafficking of drugs.
Mizoram and Nagaland, which share 404km and 215km unfenced border with Myanmar respectively, have close proximity with the ‘Golden Triangle’, comprising Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. The ‘Golden Triangle’ is one of the most notorious drug producing and trafficking regions in the world.
Commending the efforts of non-governmental organizations in bringing down drug use among people, Thanhawla emphasized the need for strengthening and empowering the excise and narcotics department and police.
The minister further stated that “It is a matter of great concern that foreign nationals are also engaged in trafficking drugs into the northeastern region. Sons of the soil have to make renewed and concerted efforts to battle the menace of drugs.”The chief minister burned drugs worth Rs.22.80 crore, confiscated by the excise and narcotics department and police during 2011-2013.
Nagaland Commissioner of Excise Maongwati Aier said that the state has been ranked sixth among the HIV/AIDS prevalent states in India.
Aier said: “The magnitude of the problem of drug abuse has become very grim as the majority of youths of 15 to 25 years of age are vulnerable and affected by drug abuse due to sharing syringes and multiple change of partners and unsafe sex.”
He urged all law enforcement agencies, organisations and NGOs to work collectively in combating the drug menace in the northeastern region.Seized drugs comprising opium, ganja, capsules and cough syrup worth Rs 38.55 lakh were also destroyed before the media.