HIV-positive drug addicts struggle for help in Sangrur

Drug addicts infected with HIV or hepatitis C find it difficult to rehabilitate in Sangrur because drug rehab centers push them back due to these illnesses.

Four of those people who, with the help of a local NGO, reached the Sangrur Red Cross drug rehab center on Tuesday were denied admission due to HIV and hepatitis C.

Members of the NGO Youth Power Group said they had met with the four drug addicts Deputy Commissioner Ramvir who referred them to the drug rehab center. However, the authorities at the center refused to admit them, citing the illnesses.

“The denial of treatment and rehabilitation disappointed the victims. We suspect that the four addicts may be HIV positive, but the onus is on the administration to rehabilitate them, ”said Vikramjit Singh Sidhu, head of the Youth Power Group.

“The families of these drug addicts, from a locality known for drug addiction, approached us. We rushed to admit them. We demand that the administration organize a medical camp for all the inhabitants of the region, ”he added.

A 26-year-old drug addict said they were using chitta, but when one of his friends died from a drug overdose in the past, he realized it was time to ask for more. help or that there would be no one to take care of his little girl if he too suffers the same fate as his friend.

Red Cross Drug Rehabilitation Center project director Mohan Sharma said two young people were HIV positive and had hepatitis C and had been referred to a civilian hospital as these patients could not be admitted to the hospital. a rehabilitation center.

DC Ramvir said all men who wanted drug treatment would be admitted and get free treatment.

Civilian surgeon Anjana Gupta said she had received details of these addicts and that one of them was suffering from HIV. “We have sent our teams and they will soon be treated. However, their relatives and friends will be screened, ”added CS Gupta.

Deputy Superintendent of (Rural) Police Satpal Sharma said they had already declared the affected locality as a hotspot for drugs. “Two drug addicts and their fathers were also facing cases under the NDPS Act. If these men want to rehabilitate with the help of an NGO, the police will help them, ”Sharma added.

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