Recovered addicts must not be allowed to relapse: DC

LONGDING, Apr 1: Longding Deputy Commissioner VS Mallik called for ensuring that recovered drug addicts do not slip back into their old habits.
The deputy commissioner on Saturday visited the opium de-addiction centre here and interacted with the inmates. He expressed appreciation for the inmates for undergoing rehab, and assured them of all possible help from the district administration.
When asked what steps are being taken to ensure that recovered drug addicts do not relapse, Dr Wangnai Wangsu informed the DC that a team will constantly monitor their activities once they are released from the de-addiction centre.
Informing the DC about the hardships being faced by the inmates and the staff due to unavailability of electricity at the de-addiction centre, Dr Wangsu urged him to have a solar panel and an inverter installed at the centre. The DC readily agreed to this.
The de-addiction centre has been set up some 10 km from Longding headquarters, and there lie streams in between. Mallik said he would try his best to have makeshift bridges constructed over the three streams to reach the de-addiction camp.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary Thangwang Wangham stressed the need for such visits to the de-addiction centre to encourage the inmates undergoing treatment.
“Such visits will not only boost the morale of the staff and the inmates but also motivate addicts who are yet to join the de-addiction mission,” Wangham said.
He urged the DC to instruct the departmental heads to visit the de-addiction centre, in keeping with the guidelines. (DIPRO)