India: Thousands Of Children Addicted To Drugs In Mizoram


Mizoram’s children are in dire need of protection from drugs as around 10,000-30,000 of them are in the grip of the evil in the state, said an official of the commission on child rights.

L. Mishra, representative of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said that child drug addiction and easy accessibility to drugs is an area of major concern in the state.

“When we find that a child of 10 years has started injecting drugs, it is not a good sign for the society as a whole,” he said.

Mishra said that he had asked the state to conduct a survey to get a clear picture.

He urged the government to immediately notify the State Level Commission for Protection of Child Rights over the matter.

He said that drugs are easily available to children and made more accessible by the existence of internet pharmacies which cater to them in the state.

Mishra was in the city for two days to follow-up on the State Action Plan for implementation of child rights in the northeastern states.

He held a number of meetings with the officials of various concerned departments and NGOs including the chief secretary.

Before Mizoram, he had taken up similar exercises in the states of Assam, Tripura and Manipur.

Source: Assam Tribune

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