In view of drug abuse gradually becoming the single biggest public health issue in Kochi, the Excise Department is planning to open a counselling unit exclusively for parents of teenage addicts at the Excise Complex in the city.
“Most of the arrested were addicts who eventually become peddlers, and they make others addicts too.
Besides the Excise, the police have also booked around 1,200 cases for drug abuse and peddling.
Officials said a proposal to establish the centre, using the funds allocated under the ‘Vimukthi’ programme, was under the consideration of the State government.
In the previous month, it seized about 17.5 kilograms of ganja and booked over 100 cases in this connection.
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