Nagaland observes Intl Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking

Nagaland observes Intl Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking
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Kohima, June 26: Nagaland today observed International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with a call for effective and careful implementation of the Nagaland State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy 2016.
Addressing the gathering comprising of students and youths, Nagaland Assembly Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü emphasized on effective and careful implementation of drug policy formulated by the State Government through the Department of Social Welfare in 2016. “Drug day is a reminder that drugs continue to be an issue that plague societies in different ways and that we all have to be continuously vigilant with regards to its impact and harms they cause to persons, families and friends and to societies at large,” he said.
Stating that use of drug is as old as age of humans, he said drugs and medicines are meant to help sick people, but in substance abuse, people use drugs to alter their brain function in harmful and dangerous ways.
“Drug abuse is now an emerging health hazard for the world community and no part of the world today is free from the curse of drug trafficking and addiction,” he said.
Pointing out that the drug users being in the productive age of 18-35 years, the loss in term of human potentials is immeasurable, he said efforts should be made to improve their knowledge about drugs by providing adequate education. ‘Shaping the attitude of the youths and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle is essential,’ he said.
IGP (Police Headquarters/Range), Sonia Singh said drug abuse has nothing to do with the wealth of people because even the richest and poorest are indulging in it making the entire family suffer.
Revealing that over 250 cases of drug abuse and illicit trafficking has been registered by the state police since January this year, she said “drug abuse and smuggling is on the rise” and there is a need to collectively create awareness among the younger generation on the harmful affects drugs.
In his closing remarks, representative of Nagaland Users Network, Rokozo said that drug abuse is a devastating epidemic that is destroying individuals, families, and communities and it is a epidemic of drugs that is killing dreams and lives.
The drug crisis is the most critical challenge facing Nagaland and one that everybody must continue to address collectively.
President of Nagaland Medical Council, Dr Joyce Angami also addressed the gathering while Joint Director NSACS, Dr Benrice Dzuvichu delivered the welcome address. Khyuchamo P. Ezung shared life experience as recovering addict. The programme was jointly organized by Nagaland Police, Social Welfare Department, Nagaland State AIDS Control Society, Kripa Foundation and Nagaland Users Network on the theme “Listen First”.
(Page News Service)