Are de-addiction centres the solution to drug problems?

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The country needs more de-addiction centres. Image: Prathap Ravishankar

It is around 11 am on a weekday when a group of youngsters walk into a room. After a minor argument, the nine boys, all aged between 14 and 18, sit down for a game of carrom. One of them hits the coin arrangement with clinical precision and jumps with excitement as a white piece slips into a pocket.

The de-addiction centre meant for boys below the age of 18 in Chengalpattu — not very far from Chennai — is a place where new bonds are formed and old habits......