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Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
 
The rapid increase of consumerism coupled with a significant slump in gainful employment in corporate/-unorganised sectors and entrepreneurship is threatening a widespread depression among the young generation globally. The picture is noticeably alarming especially in the developing countries. The obvious fallout is large numbers of people increasingly succumbing to substance abuse. West Bengal is perhaps the worst hit among the states in India, where the number of drug addicts/alcoholics has reached unbelievable heights in comparison to the number of institutions that are rising to the cause of rescuing them from the curse of addiction that inevitably leads to ruin of individuals and families and also premature death. Looking at this grave and practically unaddressed issue, a handful of youngsters started THE GENESIS FOUNDATION in July 2004, which was registered under the West Bengal Societies Act in the following year.
 

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation
FOCUS AREA
 
The city of Kolkata has a tangible problem of drug abuse, affecting largely the economically weak. The issue is further complicated by the influx of migrant workers from neighbouring rural areas. Being a port and also an international airport, it is also a significant entry point for narcotics from the ‘Golden Triangle’.

Due to close proximity of the northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland, injecting is the general mode of drug use in Kolkata. Consequently, HIV affliction among the drug-using population is already a matter of growing concern. Brown sugar, Tidigesic, Spasmo Proxyvon, Avil, morphine etc. are some of the commonly used drugs.

Today there are thousands of afflicted street children, daily labourers and rag pickers. They spend their entire earning on drugs or alcohol and become prone to committing crimes like theft, shoplifting, snatching and armed robbery. They are sometimes driven to extremes like selling their blood and organs and committing murder for money to procure the substances they are addicted to.

Poverty, easy access to drugs, high cost of treatment centres and the large number of street-addicts have resulted in a crisis situation, which needs to be tackled on a war footing.