VISAKHAPATNAM: The arrest of five persons with a cache of seductive injections has shed light on the alarming rise in the use of narcotic drugs among youngsters in Port City. According to sources within the police circle, the alarming trend of drug abuse has been on the rise, with even women getting hooked to the dangerous hobby.
While youngsters are driven to drugs due to reasons such as increasing work stress or inability to cope with studies, the rising trend of use of drugs for recreational purposes, especially among adults paints a very disturbing picture.
According to sources, drugs are distributed in the name of fruits. They are ususally supplied to regular customer in the morning hours only along with milk packets, but the money has to be paid one day in advance.
Sources say that Opium, cocaine, brown sugar and injectable sedatives like Fortwin, Calmpose and Ketamine figure among the popular opiates used by Vizagites, taken for reasons ranging from overcoming solitude to depression. However, the narcotics were also found being abused at ‘drug parties’, a dangerous culture that is catching up in Port City.
Very interestingly, recreational drug parties are finding favour among a section of the society. There are party halls in the city where revellers get together to enjoy what has been dubbed as the ‘plunge into pleasure’.
As revealed by TNIE yesterday, peddlers deliver the contraband at predetermined spots after receiving orders from reliable customers over mobile phone. The parties start around 11 am and go on well into the evening.
“Till now we were under the impression that only students and youngsters were into this. But the trend is totally different and very alarming. There are a large number of middle aged men and women among habitual users. They get together for exclusive pleasure parties over the weekend,” said a police officer.
“These parties are different from rave parties. Women who suffer from depression or are generally dejected in life usually take these drugs. Most of them are middle-aged. The parties start at around 11 am and end by 5 pm. Sometimes, we drop them at their house late in the evening. But there are no night parties,” said an insider who organises parties.
Though there were reports in the media about the increasing use of opiates, it was the arrest of five persons Monday, that set the alarm bells ringing. Adding to the rise in the smuggling of ganja and sale of ‘joints’, the situation is indeed ugly, calling for urgent sanctions to curb the menace.
An inspector of police, on condition of anonymity, revealed that some youth are transporting the contraband to the city.
“Till now the trend was restricted to the affluent community. But of late, the drug culture is catching up among the youth as well. Some of the youth in the city are being used by the drug mafia. However, the city police is maintaining a high vigil,” he said.
Recently the police had arrested four persons at Anakapalle and Visakhapatnam railway station and seized opium and brown sugar, he added.
However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) CM Trivikrama Varma rubbished rumours that more number of women are getting addicted to drugs in the city. The five accused in the drug trafficking case reported Monday have confessed that there were only men among their regular customers, he added.