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25 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Stop Yaba smuggling

Stop Yaba smuggling

The nation has been fighting a war against the menace of methamphetamine based drug called yaba which has got the country in a stranglehold. So far, the drug had been coming in from Myanmar though it’s found recently that yaba of different varieties are also entering the country via the Indo-Bangla border.     

 Reportedly, drug manufacturers in the Indian side who produced phensidyl in the past have now switched to yaba since there is a rising demand of the drug in Bangladesh. The government’s anti-yaba drive has only intensified the demand for the pink pill known everywhere as the ‘madness drug’ due to its ability to turn a normal human being into an uncontrolled person with savage behaviour.

 The entry of yaba from the Indian side is really unfortunate since tackling two borders will turn out to be a major challenge for Bangladesh. Earlier, the Bangladesh government thanked India for cracking down on phensidyl factories though the Indian response came at a time when yaba had already overtaken phensidyl as the major drug of choice.

 For more than two decades, phensidyl entered Bangladesh from India which devastated a whole youth population in the northern part of the country. The sad fact remains that the efforts of the authorities over two decades failed to completely curb the codeine based cough syrup – an indication that unless there is genuine effort from the other country, entry of drugs cannot be stopped. Bangladesh may take a firm stance against yaba and traders but unless there are similar efforts from Myanmar, the pink demon will continue to come in. In the same fashion, the Indian authority has to take action against factories that are producing yaba to send to Bangladesh. Yaba has spread all over the country in such a fashion that without international support, this drug cannot be contained. It’s time Bangladesh had a direct meeting with Indian counterparts to chalk out a swift strategy aimed at busting all drug factories that operate near the border.

 Since Bangladesh is the victim, the efforts from this side will be sincere; however, if the other side only resorts to rhetoric then we will be having another debacle similar to that involving phensidyl. If phensidyl traders in India are now making yaba then failure is with the Indian government for not preventing it. To make the ongoing anti-yaba drive a success, Bangladesh needs to have an immediate interaction with India while the latter needs to show that the bonhomie with Bangladesh is not merely to serve the interest of one side only.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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