Dealing with Opium Addiction

What would it take to address the large number of opium addiction?

(Notes under draft)

  1. In China, the government machinery played vital role. When British supplied opium produced in Bangladesh to China, China challenged. That led to two wars, The first and Second Opium Wars with Britain. They fought outside forces, oppressed traders, raided illegal merchants, issued prohibitory orders and whatever was at their disposal. For their love for their people was greater than the fear of the more powerful nations. (Wikipedia “History of Opium in China”).

An article summarized Chinese attempts:

The People’s Republic of China dealt with addiction as a political problem, offering the new society hope, food, shelter, work, and land instead of opium. Addiction no longer had its appeal. Opium producing poppies were replaced by food corps. Large opium distributors were imprisoned. Addicts were “clean”. A mass campaign against addiction mobilized the entire nation. Before Liberation in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party had kept opium out of their areas. However, it took until 1953 to rid China completely of opium. Twenty million Chinese outside the People’s Republic of China continue to have serious narcotic addiction problems.

  1. An approach in India: In collaboration with village leaders, the hospital community team plans the logistics of the camp about a month prior to it being held in that village. Patients are identified by the community leaders and motivated jointly by them and the social workers of the community team. The community team provides the manpower and medicines while the community leaders arrange the infrastructure and basic amenities. A suitable building is chosen and sometimes tents are erected to lodge 30-50 persons. The patients do not pay for the treatment carried out during their period of stay in the camp. These camps required about four to six weeks of preparation (An Opium and Drug Management).

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