The number of people being arrested for possessing and smuggling of banned drugs is increasing day by day in Nepal.
Law enforcement agencies say drug abuse poses major threat to health and safety of the people and security as well.
According to the Home Ministry statistics, until the month of May this year, 1548 people including 77 Indians and four foreigners were arrested for possessing drugs. This figure was 2,656 in the year of 2015 and 3,696 in 2016.
This was stated in the ' Surakshit Jeevan (safe life)', a journal on drug control unveiled by the Ministry amidst a programme organised today to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that is celebrated on June 26 every year.
On the occasion, Minister for Urban Development Prabhu Saha said the trend of drug abuse began with the development of society and only the efforts from the government level were not enough to control it.
Secretary at the Home Ministry Lok Darshan Regmi said drug abuse has triggered big tragedies in the world and the Ministry is using its strength to combat illegal trade of drugs and its use.
Ministry's Chief Drug Control Officer joint-secretary Kedar Neupane informed the programme there are around 300 million drug users across the world and most of them are found living with various sorts of health-related problems.