School children sensitized on drug abuse

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: School children were made aware about harmful and negative effects of drug abuse during a day-long awareness programme organized by Childline, Itanagar at DBYC here on Wednesday.
Around 200 student representatives from various private and government schools in the Capital Complex attended the programme.
SP of Fire and Emergency Services, Kime Aya asked the student community to be aware of the menace of drugs and the ill effects of substance abuse on individual user’s health, family members and society as a whole. He cautioned students and urged them to abstain from consuming drugs.
Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Chairperson Mitali Thingkhatra elaborated on illicit drugs and the role of social media in eradication of drug problems. She called upon various NGOs involved in this field to organize drug awareness and de-addiction camps.
Social activist Jarjum Ete spoke about the psychological effects of drugs abuse and exhorted the parents to closely observe their children’s behavior that can indicate drug usage.
Ronel Kumar, Executive Director, NHPC Ltd requested the young participants to carry the message they have received at the awareness programme to their friends and family members.
Physician from Rama Krishna Mission Hospital, Dr Tabu Maling explained the negative effects of drugs on user’s health and sensitized the school children on various drugs, like morphine, cannabis, charas, heroin, marijuana and ganja, while Advocate Taba Rosy sensitized the students on drug-related laws and punishments to users of drugs, and other legal provisions.
The programme ended with ‘No to Drugs’ pledge by the students and others present on the occasion.
Sponsored by the NHPC, the programme was organized in collaboration with Childline and Don Bosco Youth Centre.