Chandigarh: Recently Udta Panjab made the headlines for portraying the picture of how youngsters of Punjab and Chandigarh are getting addicted to drugs. On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Daily Post team meet the ‘real characters’ of the film, who escaped from the jaws of death and who right now are getting treatment at the Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC), Sector 18, Chandigarh. In their early 20s Vinod,, Kamal, Sonu, Sunny and Deepak (names changed) from different states who have the same story of Tommy Singh (character played by Shahid Kapoor) injecting 20-25 injections per day and getting trapped into the dark wings of drugs.
“At the age of 14, when I was supposed to do studies, I chose drugs as my friend and once i tried, I steadily got trapped in a web which had only two ways to get out – one was my death and the other was the de-addiction centre, so I chose this and I even joined DDRC for three months but that didn’t help as once I was back, I again started the same drug routine. This is the second time, I have come to the centre and I am trying my levels best to stay away from this habit, says Sonu. “I was born in an educated and strict family in Chandigarh having no drug or alcohol abuse history.
Quite religious by nature, my parents doted on me as I was the only child. However, by the time I joined the college, I had my first brush with drugs heroin to be precise. First, it was a mere curiosity as my peer group was hooked to drugs. I got enrolled in mechanical engineering degree. My father is a lecture and sister is a doctor so I too had same academic goals but my drug abuse went from bad to worse and my behaviour became erratic,” says Kamal. “My parents tried every imagined remedy, including visits to doctors, counsellors, tantriks and religious places to cure me, and I had to have my daily quota. I had tried almost every drug. Beg, borrow and steal became my motto. On a couple of occasions, I even landed up in a lock-up under NDPS Act charges. Even during my jail term, I used to take drugs,” says Vinod.
Now setting an example for others
After having dreadful past now Vinod, Kamal, Sonu, Sunny and Deepak are living happy and normal lives and for youngsters who think drugs are some status symbol they say that they are lucky God gave them second chance to repair the damage they had done to themselves and their families but not all drug addicts are so lucky.
Friend’s death an eye-opener
For all of them, deaths of close friends who were high on drugs became the main reason which forced them to come to the de-addition centre. All of them shared that during their addiction, a stage came when they even tried to end their lives as they wanted to kick drugs but there seemed to be no wayout, for them.
It all began with cigarette
For most of them cigarettes became the first introduction to the drugs world. This then gradually shifted to cocaine, heroin, liquor, capsules, poppy husk, synthetic drugs, opium and many more, withdrawing into the world of drugs and making them virtual slaves and at one stage, they prayed for their deaths.
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