POST TIME: 12 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 December, 2019 02:01:32 AM
Yaba smuggling continues

Yaba smuggling continues

According to a report published in this newspaper on Tuesday members of Bangladesh Coast Guard   seized 28000 yaba pills in Teknaf. Similar reports are  found almost daily in the media–the only difference being the number of the vicious drug seized.

  There has been an incredible growth in the yaba trade since 2008. In that year the authorities seized some 36,000 pills. One year later, that number had risen to 130,000. There has been an exponential growth since then and in the various drug rehab centres in the country around sixty to seventy per cent of the inmates are yaba addicts. Bangladesh is the latest country in Asia to report a surge in use of a methamphetamine pill known as yaba, with research suggesting that criminal syndicates in Myanmar are targeting users in the country. Many Bangladeshis have started dabbling in yaba smuggling from the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. They are doing it as they realise the tremendous possibility for profits compared to working in normal, legitimate jobs.

   Yaba is a mixture of methamphetamines and caffeine. Taking yaba produces intense feelings of euphoria and high levels of energy in the user. Despite its well known harmful effects, yaba has created one of the largest youth drug problems in the Bangladesh. The easy access and relatively cheap price has fuelled yaba epidemic that is affecting individuals of all socio-economic classes. The effects of yaba addiction is being felt by all sectors of society.

Higher crime rates, a rise in violence, and unsafe sexual practices are just some of the repercussions already felt by the widespread abuse of this vicious drug. Without treatment, yaba users are likely to experience extreme psychosis and ultimately harm themselves or others. Long-term users can experience physiological, psychological, and neurological damage that lasts long after the withdrawal period. Long-term effects also include depression, suicide, and heart attacks.   As indicated earlier the norm here is to deny that the problem exists. The family members will never admit that one of their kin is addicted to drugs. This sort of attitude is a serious impediment in combating the problem. After all, the first thing one should do while dealing with any problem is to admit it exists.