‘Epidemic of drug abuse’: Kashmir doctor tweets abusers’ photographs to raise alarm

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Amid an increase in drug abuse in Kashmir, a photo depicting the after-effects of the drug abuse among youth, shared by a senior doctor, stirred the debate again.

In the graphic images, the medico posted at the Government Medical College (GMC) shared (graphic warning) photographs of legs and hand of a patient they received at the hospital.

Sources told The Kashmir Walla that such cases were reported at the dermatology department at a Srinagar hospital associated with the GMC.

Professor and head of the department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar Salim khan tweeted a collage of two photos in the morning showing the spoilt conditions of the arm and legs of patients attended by the dermatology department at the hospital.

“…These are pics of an arm of a male (upper) and leg of female (lower) indulging in drug abuse. Both are Kashmiris…,” he tweeted.

He further urged the general public to protect themselves and their families from drug abuse. “Please protect yourself and your families from the epidemic of drug abuse,” he added.

In September this year, drug abuse cases that were filed under the NDPS in Jammu and Kashmir had shown a 35 percent rise compared to 2020.

Recently, a survey in this regard conducted by the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) Kashmir revealed that 9 lakh rupees worth of heroin is being consumed in Kashmir every month.

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