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Thiruvananthapuram: There has been a three-fold increase in drug abuse in Kerala after the closure of bars in the state, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Wednesday.

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“After the closure of the bars, the use of drugs in the state has gone up three times,” Chennithala told the assembly.

As part of the new liquor policy of Kerala, more than 700 hotels have closed down their bars. There are now just 24 five-star hotels that serve liquor.

He said Maoists were indulging in ‘narco terrorism’ and promoting cultivation of ganja plants. “They are using that money for terrorist activities.”

He also pointed out that psychotropic substances were freely available in medical stores.

“Of the 234 psychotropic medications, 228 are freely available in the medical shops,” said Chennithala.

(IANS)

 

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Sirisena said he aims to free Sri Lanka from drugs by 2020

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Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers participated in a week-long national drug eradication programme by travelling across the country and raising awareness on the dangers of drug use, the Army said on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 soldiers took part in the programme which began on January 21, reports Xinhua news agency.

The soldiers distributed leaflets, educated students and people on the dangers of drug use and addiction.

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday requested members of the armed forces, police and civil security to help free the country from the clutches of drug abuse in the same manner in which they successfully defeated the Tamil Tiger terrorists in 2009.

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Sirisena said he aims to free Sri Lanka from drugs by 2020. (IANS)

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