Dimapur, November 8: ARK Foundation conducted sensitization workshop on ‘Substance use and prevention” with the Department of Sociology (PG), St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama, on November 6 and an awareness programme on “Substance use and its prevention” with high school students of River Belt School, Dimapur on November 7.
In the sensitization workshop (webinar) at St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama, Ketho Angami, president, ARK foundation defined the definition of substance use as “any substance when taken in turn modifies the person’s well being.” He shared a major concern where youngsters are initiating some substances which are termed as “gateway drugs” such as sniffing of dendrites, use of tobacco and nicotine products, and other inhalant substance.
On the management and prevention perspective, he mentioned that primary prevention is the key, that people should be made aware of the harmful effects of drug use and not to ever get introduced into substance use, and treatment through rehabilitation for those who are already in the addictive stage. He concluded the presentation by mentioning some tips to prevent them from being introduced to the first substance use experience.
Following this, there was a round of questions and answers.
In the awareness programme with the students River Belt School, Dimapur, Ketho Angami shared that student life is the time when the core responsibility is to study and achieve education. But if young people starts to indulge in illegal habit, their future is likely to be destroyed by drugs. His main message to the students was to “Say no to drugs” in any form.
(Page News Service)