Ambala, November 24
The Ambala police have come out with a new initiative ‘Substance use disorder helpline and appropriate rehab’ (SUDHAR) under which a dedicated helpline number has been launched to gather information about drug peddlers and help addicts in quitting drugs in the district.
As per the information, local residents would be able to share information about drug peddlers on the helpline number 7419112112 and also seek help for addicts. The calls on the helpline number will be answered at the district control room.
The Superintendent of Police (SP) , Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said, “The primary motive of the SUDHAR programme is to identify peddlers, consumption of drugs, the areas where drugs are provided and the people, who have been selling drugs. We are already getting information through different sources and action is being taken against peddlers.”
“With this new initiative, local residents will be able to share information about such activities. Their names will be kept secret. On the basis of the information, a database will be prepared and surveys will be carried out in the areas, which will help in identifying supply chain at the local level, kind of drugs sold and the age group, who have been doing drugs,” the SP added.
“The second objective of the programme is to help addicts. There are de-addiction centres and NGOs working in this field and we are in touch with them. We have invited social organisations and NGOs to work on this issue. If any person, who wants medication and detoxication, then the helpline will help him/her. The aim is to bring such people back into the mainstream”, said the SP.
“A meeting was held with all SHOs and members of social and religious organisations here on Tuesday. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ambala Cantonment, Ram Kumar, has been appointed as the nodal officer for the programme. SHOs will monitor the programme while beat in-charges will be main functionaries in field,” the SP added.
“It will help beat in-charges in knowing about active peddlers. A one-day training will be provided to officials in which they will be taught what kind of information has to be gathered while answering calls,” said the SP. — TNS
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