In Sikkim, football is weaning drug users away from the dark11 min read . Updated: 18 Jul 2017, 07:29 PM IST
Football plays a therapeutic role in the lives of many former drug users in Sikkim, giving them a healthier identity and creating much-needed support systems
Pema Gyatso Bhutia was 12 years old when a friend introduced him to Spasmo Proxyvon (SP), a painkiller that was banned in India in 2013 for containing the opioid dextropropoxyphene, but continues to be sold widely by peddlers. The addictive pharmaceutical drug gave him an instant high and soon, he was saving up to buy multiple strips of the pill every day, which he first consumed orally and then began to inject.
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