MIZORAM: Punjab is reeling under the menace of drugs but close on it’s heels are three Northeastern states with Manipur, Mizoram and Assam right up there in terms of drug usage.
In 2013, 33048 tonnes of drugs were seized from Mizoram which shot up from the 2855 tonnes found in 2011. In 2011, 1519 tonnes were also seized in Manipur and 1497 tonnes from Assam. This number is astonishing and much higher than Punjab but the attention the state has received on a national level is dismal.
Mizoram record the highest number of drugs seized in the country with 48,209 tonnes in the last four years. Even with these shocking numbers, Mizoram however does not figure in the top five states list where drug related cases are mainly found. There are a wide variety of drugs found in the state from ganja, hash and other types of harder drugs such as cocaine, ephedrine, heroin, ketamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
The Northeastern states get their supply of drugs from what is known as the Golden Triangle which comprises of three countries— Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. The proximity of the countries to the state helps the trafficking of such drugs which we see highest in Mizoram which shares an international border with Myanmar.