Drug abuse has to be uprooted from the society in order to protect the vulnerable group of the population, specially the youth, from the venomous effects of the menace, said speakers at a discussion in the capital yesterday.
"Drug abuse should not only be controlled but also be eliminated from the society. All concerned should work concertedly for this with a zero tolerance policy," Primary and Mass Education Minister Advocate Mostafizur Rahman said at the programme marking the 28th founding anniversary of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) at its headquarters at Tejgaon.
Now, both male and females are doing drugs, said the minister, hoping that the government would be successful in stopping drug abuse in the way it had curbed terrorism and militancy in the country.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry for Home Affairs Tipu Munshi said as many as 70 lakh people are addicted to drugs in the country and the figure will increase gradually, if drug abuse cannot be contained.
Only DNC or the government alone cannot stop the social curse. All should work from their respective positions to raise awareness in this regard, he added. DNC Director General Mohammed Jamal Uddin Ahmed chaired the function while Home Ministry's Security Services Division Secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, and Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin also spoke.