Narco Coordination Committee formed to stem drug abuse
DIMAPUR, JUNE 26: Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Sachin Jaiswal on Sunday said that Dimapur being a transit point of the drug trafficking route within the golden triangle, there are users of the drugs here since the 1980s.
However, he said the problematic fact is that drug abuse in Nagaland isn’t restricted to the rich alone.
Speaking as Special Guest during the observation of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here at Hotel Acacia, Dimapur, jointly organized by Dimapur District Users’ Network and District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit, Jaiswal stated that there is a need for the parents to be more vocal and friendly with their children and trying to just be strict with them without educating can only lead children to take other routes.
Showing concern about the increase in cases of drug abuse among females, he said that while recovery from drug abuse allows a man to get accepted into the society again, there is a stigma attached to it when the abuser is a woman, who is not easily accepted, and this needs to change.
He also informed on the formation of a Narco Coordination Committee, binding various agencies, which were operating in isolations earlier, to handle cases related to drug abuse and trafficking for better efficiency.
Educationist, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema, in his brief remark, stated that days like this have become a one day affair and what instead is the need is for change, reformation and transformation.
Calling the slogan “Nagaland for Christ” a shameful tag because of all the ills being carried out in the State in the name of Christ, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema said that this is a right time to change the leaders of the State, and if a referendum is done today, not even 1% of the people would vote for a sovereign nation as people are fed up.
He alleged that everyone knows from where the drugs are coming and it is not very difficult to detect the cartels, but drug is about big money and people fall for the money despite drug being harmful to society.
CMO Dimapur, Dr. I Moatemjen stated that a person does not become an addict by choice and cautioned the youth not to fall for peer pressure and intake drugs for the sake of trying them out as it is dangerous and they can become addicts. He also added that Dimapur needs a detox centre.
Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre (BYWC), Director WC Humtsoe, who also spoke on the occasion, said that while the NLTP Act was introduced with good intention, Nagaland is but not a very dry State and suggested that the Act can be further visited.
Earlier, talking about the significance of the day, M Temjennunsang Jamir had mentioned that drug abuse and illicit trafficking pose a great threat to the society and while young people understand this, yet they are involved in substance abuse and despite the many efforts, drug abuse is constantly rising.
Meren K, a former addict who now works as a councilor at Prodigal’s Home, sharing his testimony, said that he started abusing drugs in 1987 and he would find drugs readily available anywhere. He opined that the celebration of the day adds nothing to the cause and suggested the need for Departments to come together and work, instead of working in isolation.
He said that while everyone talks about the 10,000 missionaries from Nagaland, he can point out an equal number of liquor outlets in the nooks and corners of Dimapur and no one is doing anything about them.
The programme was supported by partner NGOs, development partners, and well wishers.
(Page News Service)