Police is there to maintain discipline, and control over the society. Besides, police is responsible to ensure security and proper handling of public matters. It is a fact that only awareness and training program pertaining to drug abuse among masses is not enough. Drug abuse prevention involves both awareness/training of masses and operations against drug trafficking/smuggling.
Police department can play its role in drug abuse prevention by having strict control over the drug peddlers who are selling drugs in streets, public places without any fear. Like Anti Narcotic Force, a department of Pakistan Army, there should be a special cell in police department in order to combat drug abuse problems.
Police should be trained to fight with drug peddlers and as well as fully aware of the dealing with drug abusers. Drug addicts are arrested due to drug related crime. Drug addicts need proper treatment and rehabilitation services. Police should keep in touch with treatment centre and professionals to provide treatment services to drug addicts. After treatment, they should be punished according to the law.
Police can also take action against shopkeepers who are selling gutka, paan, chalia and cigarette. People using these substances sitting at public places must be taken into account. Community policing can help in promoting coordination between community members and police. By developing healthy and trustworthy relationship between police and civil society, it will be easier to combat with the problem of drug addiction. Joint effort is always needed to make the whole nation drug free.