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Call for integrated approach to fight drug and alcohol abuse

V Bazo Kire of Kekhrie Foundation speaking at the awareness drive on drug abuse.
Published on 26 Jun. 2011 12:35 AM IST
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1 Nagaland girls battalion NCC, Commanded by Lt Col Joy Choudhury conducted an awareness drive to commemorate ‘International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking’. The programme was organized to sensitize NCC cadets and school and college students, located in and around Kohima and Mokokchung.
The awareness drive started with introductory address by, Lt Col Joy Choudhury, Commanding Officer 1 Nagaland Girl’s Battalion NCC, at Karim Auditorium, 16 AR location. Resource persons and special invitees spoke on “The Significance of The Day” by V Bazo Kire, a renowned social worker and founder of Kekhrie Foundation, located at Midland; Dr P Ngully, a renowned psychiatrist, and Chairmen of the Kripa Foundation, Nagaland, who has also been active in the campaign against Drug Abuse, its Prevention and Treatment, for the last 15 years, spoke on “Demand Reduction”; Dy SP (Special Branch) Limatoshi Imsong, spoke on “Illicit Drug Trafficking In Nagaland”, Ketholelie Whuorie, Ketholelie once a from a drug use recurring background, who works as a Program Officer for the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and also a member of the Nagaland user Network (NUN), shared his experiences in a talk on “Drug User Response”; Tribhuwan Lama, a recovering addict, now 6 ½ years into sobriety, and a member of the Kohima user Network (KUN) gave a talk titled “Testimony”.
A defence release stated that awareness rally by NCC Cadets on foot, was also conducted through parts of Kohima town. Over 200 Cadets at Kohima and approx 100 cadets at Mokokchung, participated in the drives conducted at Kohima and Mokokchung. At Kohima St Joseph College, Zakhama, Arts College, Kohima, Little Flower Higher Secondary School, St Mary Cathedral Higher Secondary School, Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Chandmari Higher Secondary School participated, while in Mokokchung, cadets of Fazal Ali college, participated in the awareness drive. A “Signature Campaign” was also conducted on the occasion.
Mokokchung: International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, National Cadet Crop (NCC) 66th Naga Girls, Fazl Ali College Unit organized a seminar on the ‘ drug abuse and alcoholism’ at the college auditorium on Saturday.
Phurba Yolmo, counselor in Kripa foundation was the resource person.
Associate NCC Officer (ANO), Tiarenla Aier, associate professor of Philosophy at FAC, disclosed the seminar was organized to create awareness on drug abuse, alcoholism and other intoxicating substances and its impact on individual and the society.
Phurba Yolmo of Kripa Foundation termed the abuse of illicit drugs, alcohol and other such intoxicating substance leads to only three conclusions – jail, rehabilitation or death.
Later, talking with media persons, resource person, Phurba Yolmo, who has been actively working in the field of drug abuse and alcohol for the past sixteen years, said the seminar was a part of targeted intervention and to imbibe the demerits of drug use and alcohol abuse in the society.
As per a report of Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD), Yolmo disclosed that compared to drugs, alcohol was more harmful for the alcoholics as well as the society. Comparing the death rate between an alcoholic and a drug abuser, he said alcohol kills more people than drugs, and as a responsible social worker, NGO’s cannot say whether they can eradicate this menace fully but ‘believe in minimizing’ and in ‘working for the demand reduction of illicit drugs and alcohol’ in the society.
For the past ten years, he said the church has been doing its bit for the alcoholics with detoxification camps, seminars on alcohol abuse and such. He also revealed two Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) groups have been set up and plans to further open it in other districts as well.
Alcoholic Anonymous group is set up in ‘D’ block Kohima and the other in Mokokchung Town Baptist church (MTBA). (Correspondent)
N-NagaDAO: Network of Nagaland Drugs and AIDS Organization (N-NagaDAO) has acknowledged the contribution of the Church and Church leaders towards positive response in addressing social issues which was becoming more apparent.
NNagaDAO appealed to all Churches and Church leaders for special prayer for all those under the bondage of drugs and alcohol, those in the process of recovery, their families, their care givers and service providers.
While stating that alcoholism and drug addiction are among the most prevalent, complex, and destructive illness in human society, NNagaDAO said the most significant is their impact on physical and mental health, family relationships and child development, road safety, criminal justice, and the economy, as well as all other arenas of human society.
“The Churches have strengths, they have credibility, and they are grounded in communities. This offers them the opportunity to make real difference in their communities”, said NNagaDAO.
Collective response is the need of the hour and what people can do are break the silence- using the basic facts, talk openly in the family and faith community about the reality and danger of Drug Abuse and HIV and AIDS. Prevent Fear and Prejudice: Call for tolerance, understanding and reconciliation within families, places of worship and the society at large, said NNagaDAO.
NNagaDAO also urged all responsible to conduct prayers or meditation services or camps, add drug abuse and HIV and AIDS topics to prayers, sermons and discussions at regular religious meetings, lead discussions on drug abuse and HIV and AIDS with groups in the local congregation, such as women’s and youths groups, provide effective marriage counseling, invite and welcome drug dependents, people with HIV and AIDS, their careers, family members and friends into your church and home, lead by example by visiting and ministering to drug dependents, people with HIV and AIDS in hospitals, hospices or home.
Consequences of illegal drug dealing

DIMAPUR: In commemoration of’ International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ on June 26, the Nagaland State Excise under the aegis of UNDCP and NCB has put forth the consequences of illegal drug dealing for public interest.
A press release issued by M. Patton IAS, commissioner of excise Dimapur stated that illegal dealing in drugs in any form, sale, possession, transaction, transportation, export, import inside India or from outside has been prohibited and was punishable under NDPS Act 1985, with 10 to 20 years imprisonment and fine of `1 to 2 lakhs or both.
Patton said premises, warehouse, godown, vehicles or use of any kind of conveyance would be liable for confiscation to the state under NDPS Act with 10 to 20 years imprisonment and fine from `1 to 2 lakhs or both.
Commissioner of excise further stated that concealing of narcotic drugs in any form by goods, things or any items would be liable for confiscation to the state with punishment ranging from 10 to 20 years imprisonment and fine of `1 to 2 lakhs or both and that NPDS Act’ 85 also prescribes stringent punishment to the extent of ‘death penalty’ for repeated offences committed either in India or abroad. Any property, assets, movable or immovable bank accounts/bank balances acquired or derived from drug money by spouse, family members/associates, and friends are liable for attachment to the state and ‘freezed’ bank accounts/bank balances under NDPS Act, the release added.
Meanwhile, Nagaland State Excise Department has urged the people to affirm and resolve not to harbor any drug trafficker (s) and peddlers in any form directly or indirectly and to report the incidents of commission of offence under NDPC Act taking place or likely to take place in the locality or neighbourhood to the excise department.

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