Dimapur, November 1: Nagaland celebrated the International Drug Users Day which was jointly organized by Kripa and ARK foundation. The event was held at the main town office of Kripa Foundation and was attended mostly by people from the drug users community.
On the occasion, the organizers called upon the state and the national government to cease criminalizing drug users. “Drug users just like any other human being needs access to health care and other social entitlements. Within our state, we still see the need to provide more treatment facilities and for which the state social welfare department cannot continue to limit itself to funding few rehab centers only, but also needs to pull up their socks to create awareness, set up more rehab centers including a rehab for female drug users and alcoholics and to facilitate other prevention and intervention measures through partnering with NGOs,” it said.
The organizers also urged the Government of Nagaland to make budgetary allocation to start implementing the “substance abuse prevention and treatment policy 2016”. Mongyie, who shared his life struggle as a drug user, shared that he started using drugs as a recreation without the intention of wanting to become addicted. However as days went by, he became dependent and therefore started seeking treatment in the form of OST. With the help of OST, his life has improved drastically and he is living a much better life today, he said.
Abou Mere, President NNagaDAO stated that the day was started to voice against stigma and discrimination as a result of the war on drugs, which has led to compulsory detention and drug users were not being treated as human beings.
Earlier the programme started with serenity prayer and was chaired by Jacob, counselor Kripa Foundation.
(Page News Service)