A consultative workshop on ‘drug abuse prevention’ was organized by Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre at Centre for Community Transformation Training Complex Dimapur on Friday.
Observing the present scenario of drug abuse in the state, participants comprising of officials from every department, NGOs, FBOs, educational institutions after discussion viewed that collaboration and co-ordination among NGOs and change of people’s attitude would help in tackling the issue of drugs abuse.
According to world drug report, as disclosed in the workshop by secretary executive director, Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre Dimapur W.C Humtsoe, there are 185 million drug users in the world out of which 2.25 millions in India are drug users. As of NGOs and NACO Mapping in 2009, it was estimated that in Nagaland there are 35,000 -40,000 drug users out of which 18,000-20,000 are Injected Drug Users (IDUs) and approximately in Dimapur, there are 5,000 Drug Users (DUs) and 3,280 (IDUs).
With the objective to identify roles and responsibilities of each department, NGOs, FBOs, education institution and work towards initiating drug abuse prevention work place policy, participants representing various departments, education institutions, FBO and leaders brought out various issues and approaches to be carried out in preventing abusive drugs.
Further, comprehensive action plan strategies for drug abuse prevention programme was carried out with Dr. P. Ngully, chairman, Kripa Foundation, Nagaland as the moderator. The action plan examined the need to provide free detox in suburb of Dimapur jointly by NGOs, advocacy/awareness -cum- sports meet in coordination with NGOs, church youth department and Youth Resource and Sports, coordination within NGOs, administration (police), church, non state force etc on drugs abuse prevention programmes, counseling for family members of the addicts and free rehab centers by state government.
The action plan also stressed on appointment counselors in every department (FBOs, CBOs, education institutions, ban on sale of abusive drugs by the NGOs and local communities in their surroundings, organizing awareness workshop for teachers and students and vocational training.
The workshop was conducted under the sponsorship of National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, (NISD/MSJE) Govt. of India in collaboration with Regional Resource and Training Centre North East II (RRTC NE-II).
It may be mentioned that to facilitate residential treatment for drug users, there are three MSJE funded and four non-funded Integrated Drug Treatment Centres operational in Dimapur, namely Prodigals’ Home, Prodigals’ Home-Women’s Rehabs Centre, Shalom, Bethesda YWC, Asha Bhawan, Youth Alive Society and CAD Foundation, home detoxification.