A drug is a substance that causes a change in an organism’s physiology or psychology when consumed. Consumption of drugs can be via inhalation, injection, smoking, ingestion, absorption via a patch on the skin, or dissolution under the tongue. The most widely used drugs in the world include caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, which are also considered recreational drugs, since they are used for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes.
Drive against Drug
Bangladesh’s drive against drugs is an ongoing campaign against alleged drug dealers and users by the government of Bangladesh. Bangladesh started a major ‘Yaba’ crackdown in mid-May, 2018 in response to a surging trade of ‘Yaba’. Fifty-two accused drug dealers were confirmed killed in the first 10 days of the operation. According to a Bangladesh police spokesperson, about 15,000 people were arrested in nationwide raids in the first three weeks of the operation. 22,000 people were arrested from mid-May 2018 to July 2018 as a result of alleged involvement in the drug trade.
As Yaba has been entering into Bangladesh mainly from Myanmar, it enters through the border areas of Teknaf and Cox’s Bazar and then spreads throughout the country. Because of the trade booming in the area, most godfathers belong to that area and operating their syndicates.
On February 16 of 2019, a total of 102 yaba traders and drug kingpins surrendered at a ceremony in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar. Although people thought this would be a continuous process as part of ending the drug menace, it ended with a single mass surrender.
During the recent drive against casinos some sports clubs are associated with drug peddling as it was evident from recovery of huge amount of alcohols and drugs from the clubs. Drugs being the major reason of the destruction of out youths are spreading rapidly throughout the country.
MD. ALAL UDDIN