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17 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 17 June, 2019 12:52:28 AM

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Vigilance in border areas against drugs

Border areas in Bangladesh had always been vulnerable to drug penetration, and the Phensidyl menace of the 1980s saw a whole young generation decimated in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jessore, and Benapole. While yaba is the main scourge now, the codeine based cough syrup, Phensidyl plus Indian liquor still enter Bangladesh due to porous borders and active smuggling rings.

The problem of border town smuggling is never ending and unless both India and Bangladesh sit together and decide to firmly deal with the menace, drug trade will continue.

In fact, in all reports about border town drug smuggling, the responsibility of the other country is deliberately overlooked. In recent times, the south west part of the country is seeing a recrudescence of the drug problem and the authority has taken several steps to counter it, which includes, drives by law enforcers, social sensitization plus regular sermons at the mosques. These steps are laudable and may create a concerted effort but in the end, it’s a defensive move, aimed at lowering the harm stemming from the availability of drugs and illegal alcohol.

Sadly, these are not long term solutions; no battle against drugs can produce desired results if the factories aren’t closed and coordinated crackdowns on both sides of the border not carried out. Phensidyl comes from India and the only way this can be stopped is through an unambiguous partnership with our neighbour. At the same time, if Indian liquor is imported legally then the demand for illegal alcohol will fall since many smuggled products will possibly not have expiration dates.  The planned social awareness building moves are commendable though a plan also needs to have a realistic approach. Once alcohol is sold in licenced establishments and people can buy and drink in a social setting, the shady operations will automatically fall. An example can be taken from Malaysia, a Muslim majority country which also sells alcohol in a regulated way through acknowledged establishments and stores. Instead of clinging on to outdated ideas some practical moves have to be made that will find a happy medium, instead of forcing outdated puritanical attitude on the modern day youth.  Of course, this is not to say that alcohol consumption should be encouraged.

As for dealing with Phensidyl, the neighbouring has a greater role to play since the codeine based drug comes from their sides. Hopefully, they will prove their friendship towards Bangladesh by action and not just rhetoric.

 

 

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