War on Addiction: Punjab CM says BSF men in cahoots with drug smugglers

Chandigarh: Alleging a nexus between drug smugglers and the Border Security Force (BSF) men guarding the Indo-Pak border, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said that the personnel of the central paramilitary force should be shuffled more often. “They should have shorter tenures,” he said. That is imperative for intensifying the War on Addiction, he said.

Addressing a meeting of deputy commissioners, Superintendents of police and police commissioners of the state here on Tuesday, he said that Wi-Fi CCTV cameras will be installed at all transit points on the border. He also stressed on coordination with the neighbouring states and central agencies for making the ‘War on Addiction’ successful., He said that all the agencies involved should share intelligence inputs with one another.


Amarinder Singh

He said that teams should be formed at the district level for raids on dealers in drugs under the leadership of SSPs and forensic labs should be asked to speed up the process of analysing drug samples.

The chief minister said that the SDMs, DSPs and SHOs would be responsible for making the area in their jurisdiction addiction-free and their achievements in this field should be recorded in their ACRs.

Opioid Assisted Treatment

He also said that the High Court has been requested to establish fast-track courts for dealing with drug-related cases. He said that under the Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) programme, mobile vans will be reaching villages to provide treatment to addicts. He expressed concern over more than 1 lakh Buprenorphines being sold from some private centres.

What is Buprenorphine

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. This means that, although Buprenorphine is an opioid, and thus can produce typical opioid effects and side effects such as euphoria and respiratory depression, its maximal effects are less than those of full agonists like heroin and methadone. It is used to treat drug addiction and drug dependence.[/box]