Glue-Sniffing To Get High On Rise Among Teens In Rourkela

Rourkela: Frequent use of adhesives by teenagers to get intoxicating effect has raised major concern for the local administration in Rourkela. Due to cheap rates and easy availability in the market, many young boys especially street children are reportedly opting for it.

“Whenever I earn some money I buy a bottle of adhesives and use it to get intoxicated after sniffing it. It is easily available in the market,” said a minor boy.

Sources said that they apply the solution, generally used for repairing tyres, on handkerchiefs and inhale it through nose and mouth to feel intoxicated.

Meanwhile, locals alleged that use of such material is the major reason behind rise in criminal activities in the steel city and the local administration has no clue in this regard.

“Initially, they used it to control their hunger but it has now become a habit for them. People and the authorities see them using it. However, no action has been taken to stop it,” alleged Puja Pati, a social activist.

Speaking on the issue, Bhima Pati, a lawyer of Rourkela Bar Association said, “The concerned officials should trace the youths who use the solution as they are involved in loot incidents. Stringent action should be taken against them.”

Trinath Patel, Superintendent of Railway Police, Rourkela, on the other hand, claimed that he is yet to get any complaint in this regard. “We have not received any complaint yet. However, we are keeping a close vigil on it and will take action against those who use it,” said Patel.