The Survivors, a community based group of drugs users in Kiphire town observed “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” under the theme “Think Health not Drugs” on June 26 at Hopongkyu Memorial Hall, Kiphire town.
The programme was sponsored by IBAPWO, an NGO working with intravenous drug users in Kiphire district. ADC Kiphire Muroho Choutso was the chief guest. Speaking at the occasion, ADC Kiphire Muroho Choutso and Asen Jamir, SP Kiphire stressed on the importance of creating a stigma free environment for drug users and said that this can be achieved only through collaborated efforts from each section of the society in battling against this menace of drug addiction.
Further, Tonglise Sangtam, president KTSSU assured all the co-operation and support whenever required in battling this menace to the NGO’s working in the field of drug addiction and HIV and AIDS.
The programme was attended by Asen Jamir, SP Kiphire, Dr Kibang DIO Kiphire, Ela K project director for Prodigal Sons, Renbo senior project officer Project Orchid, DAPCU officials, personal from the medical department, USSC, KTSSU, AST (Mothers Association), Churches and participants from various section of the society.
WOKHA: ‘International Day for Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ was observed on June 26 at DC Conference Hall, Wokha town under the theme: ‘Think Health and Not Drugs’. The programmed was organised by social welfare department. Speaking on the day, chief guest Vysan R.IAS, ADC Wokha emphasized on the importance of the role of civil society in curbing the menace of drug abuse along with the various government agencies. He also said that the real culprit were drug traffickers.
Achumthung Patton, DPO, district AIDS prevention and control unit highlighted the different drugs used and abused and revealed that Wokha district had a record of having the highest number of drug addicts during the last decade, but was reduced due to the efforts made by both the government agencies and the civil society.
Meanwhile, sharing his personal testimony, Nzio Lotha a recovering drug addict also urged the youth to refrain from doing drugs. Other highlights of the programme were presentation on Injecting Drugs Users (IDU) and that of female sex workers by Liben Ngullie, programme manager Agape Youth Welfare Organisation.
Delegates attending the programme were Renbeni Ngullie, EAC (SDO designate) Kikumsangla, EAC (SDO designate), Zurieng EAC Wokha, CDPOs from different ICDS project of the district, AW workers and from different sections of the civil society.