Drug abuse serious problem, govts are complacent: SC

Expressing concern over rising drug abuse cases, SC said that contraband seized by authorities need to disposed of to prevent recirculation.

New Delhi: Expressing concern over rising cases of drug abuse, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that contraband seized by authorities need to disposed of to prevent their recirculation in the market.

A bench of justices T S Thakur and Gyan Sudha Mishra asked all the state governments to submit a comprehensive report on the seize, storage and destruction of such materials by authorities.

"The problem is both widespread and formidable. There is hardly any state in the country today which is not affected by the production, transportation, marketing and abuse of drugs in large quantities. There is in that scenario no gainsaying that the complacency of the government or the officers dealing with the problem and its magnitude is wholly misplaced," the bench said.

"While fight against production, sale and transportation of the NDPS is an ongoing process, it is equally important to ensure that the quantities that are seized by the police and other agencies do not go back in circulation on account of neglect or apathy on the part of those handling the process of seizure, storage and destruction of such contrabands. There cannot be anything worse than the society suffering on account of the greed," the bench said.


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