Drugs and Punjab

I am a Punjabi but i have not lived in Punjab for much time apart from a few years here and there . Read this Tehelka Article and did not realise things had become this bad. Reminds me of that day in 1994 when my father’s acquaintance came visiting and his driver, who was a casual drug user, asked one of the soldiers where he could get opium from. Bhatinda being dry, semi-desert and harsh has always required a lot of work from its farmers than what is required by farmers elsewhere and as such has always been more influenced by intoxicants vis a vis the rest of the state. However i am surprised its spread all over Punjab. Shows how out of touch i am.