Abuse of drugs is a countrywide problem. The commonly abused drugs in the country are mainly heroin, cannabis, opium and Yaba which regularly come from the neighbouring Myanmar and India. Of late, LSD, the latest addition to drugs has been detected by the police. The synthetic drugs coming from the Netherlands and Sweden have been fast spreading among the members of upper class families. In recent times, university students have reportedly increased use of LSD, raising a bleak prospect for the country.
As per drug specialists, this new drug is a mind-altering one bringing profound changes in the users’ consciousness and perception. It acts on their brain, meaning the central nervous system, and changes their mood, behaviour and the way they relate to the world around themselves. The users call their hallucinogenic experiences ‘trips.’ During a ‘trip,’ they experience a wide variety of effects, most often visual and other sensory distortions, changes to thought processes, intense emotions, and for some people, surprising new insights and life revelations. Being a potent hallucinogen, the drug causes several adverse negative health effects. It causes reduced appetite, wakefulness and many other diseases. Besides worsening symptoms of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, it even creates an intense desire of committing suicide and homicide. For instance, a Dhaka University student allegedly killed himself on the 15th instant after taking the LSD drug.This terrible drug is primarily used to escape. It acts as a panacea to anxiety. It is assumed that its usage has increased considerably after the outbreak of Covid-19. Whatever be the reason, drug abuse is particularly ruining the country’s young generation. This harmful practice causes stress in families and drains national resources. Consequently, it gives rise to socioeconomic problems.
Consideration of such aspects, therefore, becomes imperative in the prevention of its fast spreading. Although law-enforcers are primarily responsible for combating drug menace, involvement and support of parents, guardians and other caregivers are also critical in preventing substance abuse in the youth. So, the fight against the new drug should begin at home.