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Villagers unite against drugs 

Moga: In Moga where drugs have destroyed hundreds of lives, torn families apart and ruined the future of countless youth, many village panchayats have recently joined hands against drug mafias active in the region for long. Women too are coming forward to end the menace.The panchayat of Bhinder Kalan, once known for easy availability of drugs, took out an awareness march against drugs on the village streets on Tuesday. They pasted posters of “Loko jaago, nashaa tiago” on the village streets.Harinder Singh, a resident of Bhinder Kalan village, said: “We will not only help drug addicts to get treatment but also help the police in nabbing smugglers,” he said.“For years we have been telling the local police to take steps against the illegal sale of drugs, but to no avail. Now, the problem of drugs has multiplied manifolds. The time has come to take initiative on our own. We have passed a resolution in the panchayat to boycott addicts and help the police in nabbing smugglers,” he added.The move came after Moga SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor launched a drive against drugs a few weeks ago. “I am happy that a lot of villages in the district have voluntarily come forward to help the police in nabbing peddlers,” he said.“We are trying to motivate women and youth to fight the menace in the district,” he added.Govt to educate chemists on drug lawsChandigarh: A meeting of drugs regulatory officers of the state was held under the Chairmanship of KS Pannu, Commissioner, Food & Drugs Administration, wherein the officers were directed to conduct meetings with the chemist associations of their district and educate them on the prevailing drugs laws and maintenance of records pertaining to schedule H1 drugs. The officers were also directed to keep a vigilant eye on the movement of sub-standard and spurious drugs. They were advised to ensure the presence of qualified person/registered pharmacist in the retail sale shops so that the prescription drugs shall be sold under the supervision. 

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