Ampareen calls for need of ‘drug policy’

SHILLONG, Jun 22: With the increase in cases of drug abuse in the state which is leading to a spurt in crimes, there are more voices for the need of a drug policy.

On Saturday, Congress legislator from, East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh sounded out the need for a drug policy in the wake of the killing of a man by four youths.

According to Lyngdoh, the menace of drugs has reached such a stage that it has become unimaginable that drug addicts now do not think twice to take a human’s life for a small amount of money.

“We need a stringent policy that empowers not only the victims and their families but the police, the hospitals and doctors as well,” Lyngdoh said.

The legislator said that there is a need to amend laws since things now has become so complex that If drug addicts are apprehended they cannot be taken home since there are many medical complications.

“Where will they be taken and everything is so complicated,” she said.

Lyngdoh pointed out that on one side there are cases of crimes because of drugs and at the same time there are cases of victimisation of drug users.

“There is an urgent need for the government to come up with some plan to address this issue,” she said.

It may be mentioned that the body of Hapish Nongbri (53), of Malki was recovered on Friday from Mawiong Sung near Puriang, East Khasi Hills.

Nongbri went missing since June 15.

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