DHAKA, Jan 3, 2018 (BSS) - Speakers at a function of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) in the city yesterday strongly suggested eliminating drug abuse in society to protect the vulnerable group of the population, specially the young generation, from the venomous effects of the menace.
"Drug abuse should not only be controlled but also be eliminated from society. All concerned should work concertedly for this with a zero tolerance police," Primary and Mass Education Minister Advocate Mostafizur Rahman told a discussion marking the 28th founding anniversary of DNC at its headquarters at Tejgaon here.
DNC Director General Mohammed Jamal Uddin Ahmed chaired the function while Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry for Home Affairs Tipu Munshi, Home Ministry's Security Services Division Secretary Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin, National Narcotics Control Board Member Dr Arup Ratan Chowdhury, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam and North South University's Professor Imdadul Haque, among others, addressed the discussion.
The minister said once only the males used to take drugs, but now females are also taking it.
He said the government is very sincere to eliminate drug abuse. The government will be successful in stopping drug abuse in society in the way it has curbed terrorism and militancy in the country, he observed.
Speaking on the occasion, Tipu Munshi said as many as 70 lakh people are addicted to drugs in the country and the figure will increase gradually unless it can be contained.
Only DNC or the government cannot stop drug abuse in society, he said, adding that all should work from their respective positions to raise awareness against this social curse.