Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said that most of the prisoners in the country’s jails are accused in drug cases. He said “If we can’t control drugs, we will end up generation after generation.”
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the Drug Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Counseling Center (OESIS) in Dhaka’s South Keraniganj on Thursday (October 7th) at noon.
“We have more than double the capacity of our prisons,” he said. Most of the accused here are accused in drug cases. Reducing the demand for drugs, reducing the supply and reducing the rate — we do these three kinds of work.
He said the Prime Minister has spoken of zero tolerance against drugs. We all have to work together in this regard. Everyone should refrain from drugs. They need to be informed about the dangers of drugs.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that after heroin-yaba, the terrible drug LSD is coming. You have already seen how terrible this LSD is. A student of Dhaka University went to cut his own throat, you have also seen that scene. I also remember your divine words. You don’t want to reveal when your child is addicted to drugs. What will the people of the society say? When your child is addicted to drugs, bring him to the doorstep of treatment, he added.
At that time, the home minister said, now no one smokes in public. The movement we started against tobacco seems to have been quite successful. Our people know that tobacco is harmful. That is why many people are giving up tobacco and living a normal life.
He added that the Prime Minister has declared zero tolerance against drugs. That is the battle we are fighting today. We must win this war. Otherwise we will not be able to save future generations.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “We have a government drug rehabilitation hospital in Tejgaon industrial area.” I would request the Minister of Health to visit this hospital once and for all. Our Department of Narcotics Control regulates it. There is not much in this hospital, many problems. Even then the hospital is running. When your child is addicted to drugs, you do not want to disclose. When the damage is done, you will not be able to cry. If we can reduce the rate of drug addiction from 6 million to 6 million, it will also bring us a breakthrough.