‘Udta Punjab’ bollywood movie saga exposes misuse drugs

‘Udta Punjab’ bollywood movie saga exposes misuse of drugs

8:01 AM, 14th June 2016
‘Udta Punjab’ bollywood movie saga exposes misuse of drugs
Udta Punjab, the much-awaited controversial drug-themed Bollywood film, has been cleared for release by the censor board with 1 cut under the 'A' category.

BANGALORE, INDIA: ‘Udta Punjab’ the much-awaited controversial drug-themed Bollywood film, has been cleared for release by the censor board, Bombay High Court said in Mumbai, India.

With 1 cut under the 'A' category and a number of changes in the movie, which deals with the problem of drug addiction among youth in Punjab, a northern state of India, the film is set to hit the theatres.

It is said that drugs and politics go hand in hand in Punjab. The opposition parties had accused the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP of using influence to censor ‘Udta Punjab,’ according to Outlook India magazine.

The Akali government, with a nine-year reign in the state, has denied any interference with the movie and has been arguing that everyone is out to defame Punjab by lab­elling it as a land of drug addicts.

But the truth about Punjab is: A recent AIIMS study estimated that an alarming 1.2 percent of Punjabis are addicted to opioids. This is double the national average and four times the global average. And 99 percent of the addicts are males.

The problem is so grave that tech-savvy couriers promptly supply banned substances — right from prescription drugs to “chitta” (heroin) and from “kal mai” or “bhua” (opium) to smack — right on the doorsteps of young or not-so-young addicts and even to their hostels in colleges and universities.

Since last two years, the Akalis have shielded the powerful state revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia—brother-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukh­bir Badal—from an enforce­ment directorate (ED) probe into his alleged involvement in the drug business, reported Outlook India.

Three arrested drug smugglers gave a statement to the ED that Majithia provided cover and shelter for drug cartels to operate in the state. These smugglers, Jagdish Bhola, Maninderjit Aulakh (a one-time Akali worker from Amritsar) and Jagjit Chahal, ran a chemical factory that manufactured the popular party drug ‘ice,’ said the magazine.

What is ICE and why is it ruining Punjab?

Ice is one of the most destructive drugs in the market. A stimulant - a highly purified form of methamphetamine (meth), it is generally stronger and more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed. It typically comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice.

Meth is a synthetic (man-made) chemical, unlike cocaine, for instance, which comes from a plant. It is commonly manufactured in illegal, hidden laboratories, mixing various forms of amphetamine (another stimulant drug) or derivatives with other chemicals to boost its potency. Common pills for cold remedies are often used as the basis for the production of the drug. The meth “cook” extracts ingredients from those pills and to increase its strength combines the substance with chemicals such as battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze.

Other names for ice are crystal meth, shabu, crystal, glass, shard etc.

It is generally smoked or injected and the effects can be felt in 3 to 7 seconds. It is sometimes swallowed (15 to 30 minutes to feel the effects) or snorted (3 to 5 minutes to feel the effects)

Hazardous long term effects:

  • Racing heartbeat and chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Fits or uncontrolled snapping
  • Extreme agitation, confusion, clumsiness
  • Sudden, extreme headache
  • Unconsciousness
  • Heart, liver, brain and kidney issues
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Dry mouth and dental issues
  • Regular colds or flu
  • Permanent psychological issues

The drugs that are mostly used in Punjab include:

  • Bhuki is a sort of wild grass that can be found throughout Punjab. It is possible to get a mild intoxicating effect from Bhuki, and it is considered a gateway drug because it encourages young people to begin experimenting.
  • Heroin addiction is the drug that is causing most concern in the region and the media. It is believed that this narcotic is flooding in from Afghanistan via Pakistan.
  • Opium and morphine are other types of opiate that are commonly abused.
  • Many brands of toothpaste in the region contain nicotine. There are reports of people consuming excessive amounts of toothpaste because it is a relatively cheap way to experience nicotine high.

While the arguments over ‘Udta Punjab’ continues, the movie is released amidst rising concerns regarding drug abuse in Punjab. It will surely go a long way in creating awareness among the youth in the state.

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