ITANAGAR, June 22: A one-day workshop on “Drug Abuse, Prevention and Drug Scenario in Arunachal Pradesh State” under the banner of GoI’s vision of a “Drug-Free India”, the Nashe Se Azadi Pakhwada Week from June 12-26, was organized by the Department of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs at the Dorjee Khandu State Convention here on Tuesday.
Management officials participated in the workshop.
Speaking on the occasion, the director of SJETA, Yumlam Kaha, described the abuse of drugs and substances as a “serious problem” which negatively affects the social fabric of the country.
Further, he informed that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has already adopted the Arunachal Pradesh Psychoactive Control Authority (APPCA) to undertake the necessary drug demand reduction efforts to combat all forms of substance addiction.
He urged all state officers to complete the online drug abuse prevention training course within a limited time frame.
“With the support of responsible citizens, stakeholders, active community organizations/NGOs and government initiatives, the threat of drugs in the state can be countered,” he added.
Also present at the Naharlagun SDPO workshop was Dekio Gumja, who spoke about the role of the police in dealing with the threat of drug abuse and the mechanism followed by the police department in this regard.
He also stressed the need to keep children away from drugs. The SDPO further stated that the complete eradication of the drug menace in the state requires a whole range of community services for identification, motivation, counselling, detoxification, aftercare and rehabilitation.
NACO Project Director, DHS, Riken Rina, in her remarks, emphasized the need for cooperation among stakeholders to achieve the goal of a world without substance abuse.
Resource persons for the workshop were State Coordinator Bendeng Imsong and Project Manager Renbonthung Thongoe from Kripa Foundation, Kohima, Nagaland.
Later, a drug awareness film, “I Killed My Son” was also screened.