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M’pur needs policies to combat drug abuse
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUNE 26:
Published on 26 Jun. 2011 10:50 PM IST
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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in different parts of Manipur on Sunday with a call to collectively participate in combating the menace.
Rallies were also organised in various parts of the state including an Auto-rickshaw rally in Imphal city which was flagged off by state Social Welfare minister N Loken, followed by a function at Imphal Palace Compound organised by social welfare department in association with NGOs working against drug abuses.
According to state social welfare department report, children and adolescents commonly abuse substances like tobacco and alcohol besides report on use of illicit and drugs like cannabis, opium, or even intravenous use of drugs including heroin.
The commonly abused drugs in the north eastern states include alcohol, tobacco, cough syrup containing codeine, cap spasmo-proxyvon (SP), volatile solvents etc. said director Seityabati of state Social Welfare Department.
Leaders of NGOs who talked on the occasion, asserted that drug addicts were also those among responsible for disturbing the law and order in Manipur. The leaders called upon the government to pay special attention in tackling the drug menace adding it was the responsibility of the government to initiate and implement measures for the youth.
Drug abuse menace has brought about destruction to young people physically and mentally in Manipur where many youth were switching on to cheap and easily available substances such as Dendrite and correction fluids (Kores Eraz-ex), the leaders present asserted and expressed the need for urgent attention of parents for saving the young people in this changing trend.
The day was observed under the theme “Global action for healthy communities without drugs”.
Department of youth affairs and sports also observed the day at Khuman Lampak Sports complex and the programme was inaugurated by director of Youth Affairs and Sports as chief guest. Around 100 youth representing different village youth centres of YAS department attended the programme.

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