YUPIA, 25 Jun: MM Charitable Trust (MMCT), in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Drug De-Addiction Society and the health services directorate, organised an awareness programme on drug abuse and illicit trafficking at the DDUGKY centre here in Papum Pare district on Saturday.
Representing the organisation, MMCT project director Paplu Sarkar said that the issue of drug addiction is a major challenge for every state of the country, adding that “substance abuse has affected human rights in every aspect.”
He told the students that teens who abuse drugs may have a greater risk of developing an addiction when they are adults. “It’s important to know the difference between drug abuse and addiction. Many teens experiment with drugs, but aren’t addicted. But soon it will turn into addiction,” he said.
Sarkar encouraged the students to get help from parents, teachers and elders when they face difficulties in life, “as adults can provide better life advice than their peers.”
In Kra Daadi district, a mini-marathon was organised in Palin by the police to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Charu Takam, Byabang Takam and Biri Tajam bagged the first, the second and the third position, respectively, in the boys’ category, while Charu Yami, Dari Yakio and Tayo Yassum bagged the first, the second and the third position, respectively, in the girls’ category.
Deputy Commissioner Higio Tala spoke on the ill-effects of drugs and how drugs destroy the society.
In Naharlagun, the Guumin Kiin PP Welfare Organisation (GKPPWO), in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Drug De-Addiction Society (APDDAS), organised an awareness programme on drug addiction at Ajin Colony to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
During the programme, advocate Ipe Bagra highlighted the importance of observing the day, while GKPPWO president Dr Bai Bam said that the need of the hour is to create widespread awareness regarding drugs and their consequences. He urged students and youth organisations to come forward and fight the menace.
APDDAS Deputy Director Dr Marto Ette also stressed the need to generate awareness regarding substance abuse and its ill effects.
In Lower Subansiri district, the police, the People Education & Empowerment Centre and the NSS unit of St Claret College, Ziro organised an awareness programme on drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the college.
Around 100 students from various schools of Ziro valley participated in the programme.
Speakers included DSP Tasi Darang, Tax & Excise Superintendent Takhe Rinyo, and MO Dr Hage Yaja. (With DIPRO input)