Nashebaaz: The Dying people of Delhi
Nashebaaz (English Meaning: Drug Abuser ) a documentary film by Dheeraj Sharma, which explores the poignant, painful and in-depth life of the roadside drug abusers of Delhi, who are also considered as dangerous, untouchables of untouchables and menace to the society.
Not only Delhi is one of the cities with the highest number of billionaires in this world, it is also a continuously progressing and improving the economy. Even with all the growth and the development, the fact that this city has a huge number of homeless people living on the streets, can’t be overlooked.
These poor people, who are unable to find work and shelter, are eventually introduced to the world of the drugs as a means of escapism. And this is responsible for the serious problem of extreme drug addiction among this homeless population. People, too poor to even buy food, get entrapped in this addiction and start using super cheap forms of drugs like smack, solvents, and pharmaceutical drugs. Some drugs are as cheap as 5INR (0.075USD). As few of these drugs are the most addictive ones in this world, they make these road-side drug abusers reach the stage of being burnt out, where abusing the drug becomes their sole motive of existence.
This category of the population also has a significant number of children who, like adults, are also addicted to the solvents like toluene which can mainly be found in the correctional fluid, paint thinner, petrol etc. Growing up, they are introduced to smack, which is a derivative form of Heroin, available for just 40INR (0.78 USD) per package. And finally. they reach the stage where they start using the pharmaceutical drugs. A drug which is supposed to be taken orally, but they generally mix it with the other elements. Thus, it forms a cocktail of various drugs which is then injected into the body using the common syringes. The usage of the common syringes has given most of them the deadly disease AIDS. All this has lead to a vicious cycle of addiction, abscess, gangrene, all-over infection, amputation and ultimately death.