One-day drug abuse awareness program held at Tagore Hall
Srinagar, September 02: A one-day drug abuse awareness program under NashaMukht Bharat Abhiyan was held at Tagore Hall on Friday.
The event was organized by Shahr-e-Khaas Literary and Cultural Welfare Society in conjunction with Kashmir Divisional Administration, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and J&K Excise Department.
Apart from Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, who was the chief guest on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, MD, NHM J&K, Assistant Excise Commissioner, Director of Colleges, Joint Director of Kashmir Information, Joint Controller LMD, Deputy Director Kashmir Information, Officers, Teachers, Students and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Div Com said that India has the 2nd largest population in the world with the majority of the population made up of young people.
He underlined the demands of reaping the dividends of the young population and called for rescuing and protecting young people from drug addiction.
He said that many anti-social and anti-national elements were ruining the lives of young people by pushing them into threats and promised that strict measures would be taken against drug dealers, traffickers and urged to break their bond.
Pole emphasized that the drug end user is a victim, not a criminal, society must empathize with him. While raising awareness in the media, Div Com called for the use of the word “victim” for those who use drugs and referred to them as innocent people who need sympathy, guidance rather than hate to ensure that they return to a normal life.
Div Com has also launched a free Sakoon helpline number 18001807202, a mental health helpline to value life and to counsel victims.
Speaking on the occasion, MD, NHM highlighted the symptoms and consequences of drug abuse and warned that a pandemic of liver failure will be seen in the coming years due to drug abuse. He said one of the main reasons for sudden heart attacks in young people is drug use.
Earlier, President Tariq Ahmad Shera of the Shahr e Khas Literary & Cultural Welfare Society, while welcoming the chief guest and other officers, detailed the awareness campaigns and programs organized by them regarding the NashaMukt Bharat Abhiyan.
Various students from different schools and colleges presented their lectures on the causes, symptoms and consequences of drug addiction, as well as the corrective measures and the response of families, friends, teachers and society in general.
Cultural performances were also presented to the audience with various themes including Ladishah, Roff, skits, musical performances, rap and acrobatics emphasizing overcoming mental and social challenges and abstaining from destructive drugs individual lives, families and societies.
Meanwhile, souvenirs were presented to organizers, officers, media people, performers while students who took part in the debate received certificates.