Youngsters who take narcotic drug Yaba may face a gradual loss of their memory and inability to make decisions while some addicts may develop schizophrenic tendencies, cautioned experts.
They also pointed out that some Yaba users face depression after taking the deadly drug that also lead them to commit crime and commit suicide also.
Against this backdrop, public-health experts have expressed their grave concern regarding Yaba as the young generation is getting derailed from their golden path and becoming burden on their family and society as well.
Pharmacologist Dr ABM Faruk said key ingredients of Yaba are methamphetamine and caffeine. Each Yaba tablet contains 25 to 35 milligram methamphetamine and 45 to 65 milligram caffeine.
?Drugs like Yaba?either original or fake?are dangerous. Taking Yaba for long is dangerous for human body and it affects immune system, brain and neurology.?
Dr Faruk said Thai word ?Yaba? means crazy medicine. Originally discovered by the Japanese to counter some debilitating diseases, this is also known as Hitler?s drug [Hitler fed it to soldiers so that they could go for fighting for days without getting tired. It was known as Pervitin then].
In this subcontinent, it is also called sabu, bulbuliya, baba, simcard, champa, champa super, R70, R80, R90, GP, Jhakanaka, WY, NCRS, WX, cheetah, golapjol and paracetamol, he added.
On Yaba?s side effects, psychologist and littérateur Dr Muhit Kamal said Yaba has a long history. Bus and truck drivers in Thailand used to take the drug so that they could drive long distances without getting tired or falling asleep.
After a series of terrible road accidents, the Thai government banned it in 1970, he observed.
?Cases of Yaba addiction in Bangladesh surfaced in 1997. Yaba started to come from Myanmar in large amounts through border in 2000.?
Dr Muhit said Yaba results in sleeplessness, convulsions, high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, heart attack, lung infection and tumour, irregular sleep, kidney failure and permanent sexual impotence. ?Yaba also leads to cancer.?
The persons who are taking Yaba will face difficulties like hallucination and schizophrenia. They also develop paranoia. A calm and quiet person becomes prone to attacking others and easily becomes engaged in terrorist activities.
Yaba consumption also shortens longevity and makes a person impotent. Their nerves become ineffective in two to three years. Not only they become physically incapacitated, they become mentally ill, he warned.
Dr Muhit urged the government and social workers to come forward with a holistic approach to stop Yaba trafficking by any means to save the next generation from the scourge of narcotics.