June 15, 2014
Punjab youths use steroids to clear Army physicals
With the drug menace becoming a big issue in Punjab, the Army is also keen to check the entry of drug addicts in the defence forces. In a recent recruitment drive, organised by the Indian Army for the youths of Patiala, Amritsar and Jalandhar, scores of youth were found to have using steroids to clear the physical tests. The Army recruiting authorities found syringes and empty ampules of drugs outside the recruitment venues.
Tests: Dope tests have been made mandatory during Army recruitment“We organised recruitment drives in Patiala and Amritsar during April and May and are currently running in Jalandhar. We found empty ampules of power enhancing drugs in Amritsar and earlier rallies too,” an Army officer requesting anonymity said. Keeping in view the growing use of drugs among Punjab’s youth, Indian Army authorities have now made it compulsory for the youth to undergo a dope test. “We want that only the strong, fit and healthy Punjabi youth join the Army. For that, the urine and pupil dilation tests have been introduced. “One time kit costing Rs 250 is being used to test the urine samples. The candidates are taken to a dark room where the light from the light from a high wattage light bulb is thrown on their faces. While the drug addicts do not blink eyes, common people immediately blink after seeing the light,” the Army officer said. The steroids enhance blood flow in muscles. The persons, who use steroids, feel active and energetic for six to eight hours. “Prolonged use of steroids in men results in breast enlargement, shrunken testicles lowered sperm count, increased sex drive and decreased sexual performance besides other side effects,” an expert said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2658048/Punjab-youths-use-steroids-clear-Army-physicals.html