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WDLSA, OST organize awareness on drugs

Wokha, July 28: The Wokha District Legal Services Authority (WDLSA) in collaboration with Opiod Substitution Therapy (OST), Sanis And Zion Welfare Society Tihad organized an activity of awareness with users at Sanis Sub-division, Wokha District on July 26.
Khrievono Seletsu, Judicial Magistrate First Class & Secretary WDLSA in her keynote address opined that many lives have been lost due to illegal movement and drugs abuse. She said that each person must contribute to tackle the problem of drug menace.
Seyiekhrietuo Solo, EAC Sanis stated that the challenges being posed by the increasing drug abuse in a place like Sanis have reached a rising figure. Therefore, the EAC stressed that taking necessary steps for prevention and eradication was the need of the hour.
Dr. Eshenthung, Nodal officer OST Sanis speaking on the roles and benefits of OST said that OST is an intervention for opiod-dependent person that replace illicit drug use with alternate, prescribed medicines, and enable users to reduce or cease from use of drugs.
Many Users fail to avail this benefit because of Social Stigma & Discrimination, he added.
Bichow Patton, PM, Zion Welfare Society speaking on Harm Reduction said that it is a set of practical strategies aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use .Presently ZWS is providing Services to 453 Registered Users in Sanis Area.
Renbonthung Tsanglao Panel Lawyer WDLSA highlighted various government Welfare schemes available. Shanchobeni P Lotha, Project Assistant WDLSA speaking on the NALSA (Legal Services to the Victims of Drug Abuse and Eradication of Drug Menace) Scheme 2015 said that the scheme aims at creating awareness and disseminating awareness to the masses and general public about the ill effects of drug abuse. It further aims at providing legal services, coordinating with stakeholders in curbing the menace of drugs.
One of the important highlight of the programme included signature campaign on “No To Drugs.”
Sanis O Point Pastor Khodao Mozhui and Sanis Village Babtist Church Pastor Nchumbemo Kithan graced the programme. Advocate Meribemo A Lotha, Retainer Lawyer WDLSA earlier chaired the programme. (Page News Service)