Punjab Sets up Drug Prevention Board
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04 October 2011
By Sumir Kumar
To be headed by the state Chief Secretary, it would initiate concerted efforts to prevent drug supply and treat and rehabilitate drug addicts
The Punjab government has set up a Drug Prevention Board to curb the growing menace of drug addiction in the state, an official said here.
To be headed by the state Chief Secretary, the board will have 10 Members, including senior bureaucrats, health, police, excise and taxation officials, the state government spokesperson said.
The Board would initiate concerted efforts to prevent drug supply, treat and rehabilitate drug addicts, and would launch anti-drug addiction awareness programmes.
"Apart from these, the board would also chalk out a comprehensive state action plan to control drug addiction effectively," he added.
Drug addiction is prevalent in several parts of Punjab, especially in the rural areas.
Most of the drug supply is believed to be from across the state's 553-km long border with Pakistan.