Kochi: Kochi police commissioner K Sethuraman said on Thursday that two children of a superintendent were addicted to synthetic drugs. He was addressing the state conference of the Kerala Police Officers Association in Angamaly, when he expressed concerns about the growing drug crisis.
Sethuraman emphasised the need for efficient and proactive measures to combat the rampant drug problem. While acknowledging that drug use in Kerala is relatively lower than the national average, he urged the police to remain vigilant and proactive in tackling the issue before it escalates. Comparing the situation to other states like Punjab, where drug addiction rates are significantly higher, he stressed the importance of addressing the problem promptly. Nationally, 2.5 per cent use drugs while in Kerala, only 1.2 per cent use them. Punjab's rate is 12 per cent, he said.
"We cannot turn a blind eye to reality. We have witnessed tragic incidents, such as the loss of a colleague's child due to drug addiction in Thiruvananthapuram. It is imperative that we investigate and understand why these situations occur in our own communities. We have seen numerous cases of drug addiction among the children of police officers in all ranks, including two sons of an SP. This is an intolerable situation, and it demands our immediate attention," said Sethuraman IPS.
The commissioner called for a serious and collective effort to address drug addiction in society. He urged his colleagues to recognize the severity of the problem and take decisive action to protect their families and communities from its detrimental effects.