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24 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 August, 2019 01:39:25 AM
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Stop the yaba trade

THE HUGE NUMBER DRUG ADDICTS HAVE BECOME SOCIAL PARASITES, UNABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY OR LEAD NORMAL LIVES
Stop the yaba trade

The continuous entry of  to Bangladesh from India of the ‘madness drug’ yaba draw a dismal and a disquieting picture. In the last decade or so the menacing drug yaba has become the narcotic choice among the addicts in this country. At this moment the country is under an anti-drug drive, which has been running for some time, but the reality is that unless entry of drugs from India is contained, measures within the country to tackle the menace will never yield long term results.

In 2006, an agreement was signed with India to carry out joint drives to restrict entry of drugs to Bangladesh; but as many as thirteen years down the line, the agreement has only gathered dust. Such inactivity raises questions about the sincerity of India since the narcotics come from their side and hardly from Bangladesh to India. Bangladesh had struggled all throughout the1990s against the codeine based cough syrup Phensidyl which were coming from the other side of the border but not a single step was taken at that time by India to crack down on the border factories making the banned substance. The result for Bangladesh has been diabolical – a whole generation turned into social parasites, unable to contribute to the country’s economy or lead normal lives. The recent statistics show that in the last eight years, law enforcers seized 92-93 lakh bottles of Codeine based preparations, around 48 lakh kg of cannabis and around 17 crore yaba tablets. Though a few years ago, India declared that all drug making factories near the border were shut down, the numbers show that the earlier revelation was a masquerade. In reality, drugs keep on coming in from the neighbouring country and unless Indian government is genuinely concerned and is willing to act, drives, apprehensions, detentions of drug sellers in Bangladesh will only scratch the surface of the problem, nothing more. When Bangladesh raises the need for joint anti-drug drives to Delhi, she must do so emphatically, without any equivocation. Since India claims to be a close ally and a friend, she must prove it through action and refrain from using vacuous rhetoric. Codeine based Phensidyl decimated a whole generation and now the country is grappling with the yaba menace. None of these were/are produced here; therefore, unconditional assistance from our neighbours is needed.

India apparently has replaced Myanmar as the entry point of yaba. The much publicised entente cordiale with India should not delay immediate steps.

 

 

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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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