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Intl Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jun. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in different parts of the state. Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre Dimapur along with the rest of the world observed the day on Friday on the theme “Do drug control your life? Your life, your community. No place for drugs” at Center for Community Transformation Training Complex, Walford, with. K. Khekaho Assumi, Chairperson, DMC as special guest. Assumi firmly urged the church to play an important role in moulding the society especially on youngsters’ formation as it had a lot of influence in the Naga society. He further stated that community awareness could bring about transformation in the society, above all role of the parents and the institution played a unique role in bringing the youngsters into the right and discipline path, he said. He said drug users should realize the stark reality and change themselves to fulfill the mission they were entrusted with. Dimapur chamber of commerce, president, Kashito Yeptho and Lipokchiten Jamir Assistant Director BYWCD also spoke on the occassion. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Public Relation Officer, Bethesda Emily Patton, invocation\ pronounced by Zubemo, special number presentation from drop in centre supermarket area, testimony sharing by Lanu, Michael and Amos. Redeemer Alliance Network, CAD Foundation: A one day users workshop held here on Friday brought together chemically drug dependents and former drug users young and old from in and around Dimapur including Toluvi village, Purana bazaar, Lengrijan, Half Nagarjan, Notun Basti and 4th mile colonies to create awareness on issues of drug and its related problems on the theme ‘collective action for change’. Briefing the objective of the workshop, general secretary of Community Awareness and Development (CAD) Foundation Teiso Solo underlined the need to address the grievances of drug users and to bring up concrete solution to stop drug menace in the society. The participants numbering 80 from drug users’ community collectively deliberated around various issues it is facing and made an attempt to understand their place in the mainstream society. Resource persons from different NGO’s and ex-users backgrounds facilitated the group into a collective exploration of possible solutions that the community could undertake. A general consensus was built around for merging together via strong support groups, forums and networks as a base for overall development of drug users. As a result of the discussions, representatives from each locality and area were selected and thereon, it was decided that a consultative meet would be further held for the next course of action. The workshop was organised by Redeemer Alliance Network and Community Awareness and Development (CAD) Foundation. (Staff Reporter) Shalom centre: Shalom Rehabilitation Centre, Chumukedima on Fridayobserved ‘International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking’ at Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Dimapur. Students and staff of the school participated in the campaign to stop drug abuse under the slogan ‘Say No to Drugs and Yes to Life’ was the highlight of the day. Exhorting on the occasion, Fr. Joe Mariadhas, director of Shalom explained about importance of the day and urged the gathering to have an aim in life. He said, the choices people make, determined one’s life and so people needed to make healthy choices adding one should have commitment and work hard to succeed in life. Arthur Edwards, administrator of School, while quoting the statement where will I be in the next five years? advised the students to shun away from drugs because the future belonged to them He also said, they needed to grow to be responsible citizens, to be good parents and bring changes to the society as Nagaland seemed to be leading in this substance abuse scenario in India. Survivors’ story touched the hearts of all as Ramshing said “drugs could take people to the skies but it do not give wings to fly” Nchembemo and Ramshing, the senior Counselors from Shalom presented special songs on the theme of the day.Andrew Ahoto empathized on the need to be vigilant to this existing menace and protect oneself from this harmful behaviour and lifestyle. After Care Centre: After Care Centre (ACC), a drug rehabilitation unit of Prodigals’ Home commemorated International day against drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking with the students of Pilgrim School on Friday at Pilgrim School, full Nagarjan, with a message that the problem brought by illicit drugs was everyone’s problem. Coordinator of unit Aya Chipang while said the best solution against drug abuse was not to start drugs at all, he shared the background on significance of the day and its theme of “Do drugs control your life? Your Life. Your Community. No place for drugs” in his speech. Chipang cautioned the students not to be lured into the world of drugs by peer pressure that often come with a lure of ‘fitting in” with the group and said stressed that each individual within one’s capacity had the social responsibility of preventing and fighting the evils of drug abuse. Other highlights of the programme included sharing by Sunep, on the day’s theme, a testimonial “how it was with me” by Longshing, a recovering addict, presentation of skit and a song by the residents of ACC, Thilixu. The school authority expressed gratitude to the ACC residents for their concern. State recommends framing of drug policy KOHIMA: A day long consultation Workshop on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking recommended the need to develop a Drug Policy looking at decriminalisation and criminalisation of marginalised group like drug users. The policy should include human rights and mechanism to involve the drug users’ community in policy making and also integrating harm reduction concepts and approaches. It recommended the need for prevention, recreation facilities, awareness generation while on supply reduction, it stressed the need to activate law enforcing agency and also the need to deploy full-fledged narcotic unit in Noklak, Kiphire and Thonokyu. The recommendation also include the need to address the problem of oral drug users and alcoholism in the state, response to cross border trafficking of drugs and impact on HIV and drug abuse creating a comprehensive drug dependency treatment and care system and also scale up rehabilitation centres including female rehabilitation centres in those districts where facilities are not in existence. It also suggested detox facility assessment and strengthening of existing facilities in all district hospitals and also Hepatitis-C testing facilities in all hospitals to address the epidemic of Hepatitis-C thereby addressing the problem of HIV as well. Further, it also called for Narcotic department to posses drug detection mechanism and testing kits to intensify supply reduction and also treatment facilities in prisons for drug related inmates. Furthermore, it also called for multi-media, multi-sectoral campaign. Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare and Women Development, Chotisüh Sazo in his address at the closing function called for collective effort to address the issue and stressed the need to move in the same direction in a synchronise and coordinated manner. Pointing out to porous border with Myanmar which was a constituent country of the infamous golden triangle which give easy availability of drug which made the people vulnerable to drug abuse and illicit trafficking, he expressed regret at the total absence of military and paramilitary presence at the border. Further, he also assured that 22 point recommendations evolved during the workshop and submitted to him would be taken up with the state government. Earlier, at the consultation workshop, various expert resource persons spoke on different drug related subjects including Dr. Neiphi Kire, Project Director, NSACS, Atoli, District Welfare Officer, Social Welfare, Imcharenla, SP Narcotic Branch, Dr. K. Chingmak, Director ECS, Dr. Bernice, JD-II NSACS, Dr. Satuo, MO i/c De-addiction Centre NHAK, Abou Mere, Director RRTC, NE-II, Ela, Director, Prodigal’s Home and Kenneth Pinyü, NSS Liason Officer Youth Resource and Ketholelie from Nagaland Users Network. The workshop was organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society. (Correspondent)

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