Intl Day against Drug Abuse observed in Nagaland

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Dimapur, June 26: Miqlat Ministry, DAPCU, and Prodigals’ Home in collaboration with DDLSC and NNAGA-DAO Dimapur on Wednesday observed “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” along with the rest of the world here at DBDIL Hall, Don Bosco, Dimapur.
Ajongba Imchen, CJM/Secretary DDLSA, delivering the keynote address said that over the last few decades, drug consumption has become one of the biggest problems in the world, affecting millions of people in the country and despite after 30 years of fighting to eliminate drug consumption and trafficking, the consumption has only increased.
In the state level, he said, the government has the responsibility to prohibit the trafficking and abuse, but he wondered if necessary funds have been allocated by the government towards its elimination or even the issue is discussed in the assembly.
He said that it is impacting thousands of lives and many of the times, people are unaware of the ill effects of the abuse and thus it becomes the responsibility of the aware people to make them understand this. He also said that the areas of cultivation of the drugs are also a matter of concern and the prohibition of this will need the participations of various stakeholders.
During the panel discussion, Dr. C. Kezo, senior specialist (Psychiatry), District Hospital Dimapur said that it is a misconception that in the cases of drug abuse only the life of the addict is affected, when in fact, it is the entire family of the addict that faces the burn and sadly there is no data at the state level to conclude how many are affected by drug addiction.
Dr. Tiamen, ACP (D), Yanbemo Ngullie, Panel Lawyer, DDLCA, Asha Sanchu, Director, Miqlat Ministry, and K. Ela, Director of Prodigals’ Home were the other panellists.
During the programme, former drug addicts also shared their own testimonies.
State Excise: Deputy Commissioner of Excise (Narcotic Cell), Nagaland, S. Chanlei Angh on Wednesday revealed that from July 2018 to June 2019, the department has detected 20 cases, arrested 18 persons and seized items worth around Rs 67 lakh.
Speaking at the observation ceremony of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here at Excise conference hall, Angh said that detection has been becoming difficult as drug peddlers and drug users have become more aware of the law and know how the enforcement personnel works and emphasized on the need to increase the number of informers.
Providing a brief report, he said that during the last one year, the department has recovered 505 kgs Ganja, 35 grams Opium, 65 grams Brown Sugar, 4157 bottles of Cough Syrup, 300175 Spasmo Proxyvon capsules, and 391 Nitrosun tablets.
On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Excise, Kevisetuo Angami called for citizens to be alert and added that controlling drug abuse is the responsibility of every right thinking citizen and they must rededicate themselves in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
Kohima: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in Kohima in the premises of Kohima District Jail today.
Abou Mere, Director, Kripa Foundation speaking on a health activist’s perspective noted that drug users are ignorant and unaware of one’s own rights and lamented that drug addicts are voiceless against any form of ill-treatment or use of force as a corrective measure towards them.
Recalling the landmark release of the Nagaland State Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy in 2016, he said that addiction was then accepted as a “disease”. Towards that, he said the efforts on drug addiction or menace should be tackled in a “health centric” manner rather than a “crime centric” one.
Keduvi Zhotso (KDLSA) highlighted the legal aspects of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985. Underscoring the essence of the act which in itself encompasses a wide subject and weight on penalty and punishment for contravening the act, he called it a special act, it being a prohibition against producing/ manufacturing/cultivating; possessing, selling, transporting, storing or consuming of any form of narcotic drug and psychotropic substance.
Offences can be subjected to years of punishment and penalty and can be as serious as life imprisonment or capital punishment.
Ketho Angami (ARK Foundation) elaborating on what drug abuse is; and its harmful effects recalled his many years into drug addiction which affected his individual self, family and surrounding. He pointed that drug in itself is good but the abuse and use of drug beyond its medical purpose or unlimiting its use has made drug a negative element.
He called the inmates present to identify ones own addiction and come forward for help. He further encouraged the inmates to seek help, get aware of rights and use the space in the jail for improving oneself.
Sanjay Yadav (KUN), recovering drug addict also shared his experiences.
The event was organized by Kohima District Jail, Kripa Foundation, Kohima District Legal Services Authority, ARK Foundation, NUN and KUN.
Mon: International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking under the theme ‘Health for Justice, Justice for Health’ was held at New Site, Tin Ali Junction and NST junction, Mon Town on June 26.
SP Mon, Imnalensa, IPS in his keynote address at NST junction Mon town stated that using of drug not only affect one’s health but it is also an hindrance to the society to go forward’. He stressed on the effect of drug using which cause ill health and hallucination.
Imnalensa appealed to the citizens of Mon to say ‘no to drugs’ and requested the entire stake holders to be vigilant in order to stop use of drug in the district.
SDO (C) Mon, Chumlamo Humtsoe in his key note address at Tin Ali Junction Mon town said that drug abuse and addiction has become a huge problem to the world community and in order to control the uses of drug, the United Nations had adopted for International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking. He appealed to the entire citizen to fight against drugs and start to involve against drug and be a part of controlling drug user.
As per the report from Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) Centre District Hospital Mon, there are 453 registered clients of which 441 male and 12 female are taking OST in the district. Opioid Substitution Therapy is a type of harm reduction initiatives that offers people who are dependent on opioid (Such as heroin) an alternative, prescribed medicine which is swallowed rather than injected.
Shamator: The Regional Rural Development Agency (RRDA) organized awareness programme on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 at Cultural Hall, Shamator with Ayimla, Counselor ICTC Shamator as the resource person.
She advocated the participants and the community members on the significance of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Short speeches were also delivered by Dr. S.J. Akhum, Chairman Board of Director RRDA, Langkonsen Tsanglao Additional Deputy Commissioner Shamator, S. Toji President Shamator Town Public Forum, Esther President Yimchung Beru Arihako Shamator Town.
RRC SDJC: The Red Ribbon Club of SD Jain Girls’ College organized International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 at the college auditorium.
Resource person, Jatila Jamir, DCP Traffic highlighted the relevance of the day with informative lecture.
The club also conducted essay and painting competition with the participation of students of the college.
(Page News Service)