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Intl Day against drug abuse, illicit trafficking observed
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, Jun 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jun. 2011 1:03 AM IST
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Teenagers and adults between the age group of 15 to 20 years, topped the list of the most affected and vulnerable to using illicit drugs in Nagaland, said Commissioner of excise, M. Patton (IAS) on Sunday.
He said this while speaking at the International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on the theme, “A fight to the finish”, jointly organized by Nagaland State Excise, DAPCU, N-Naga DAO and UNODC at Excise conference hall, Dimapur.
Patton revealed that use of illicit drugs among the youngsters in the state was increasing as Nagaland was prone and vulnerable to widespread use of hard drugs due to its proximity to the “notorious” Golden Triangle, from where maximum heroin/brown sugar are manufactured and smuggled into Nagaland through Myanmar, Manipur and some South East Asian Countries.
He pointed out that cheap and easy access to smuggled drugs from Assam has also led to the increase in illicit drug use in the state which in turn, also helped spread HIV/AIDS through use of IV among users. He said it was a wake up call to Naga society to eradicate the problems created by drug use.
He said celebrating international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was an important as it made people, especially the youth, in understanding them to become aware of the ill and long-term effects of illicit drug abuse. In conclusion, the commissioner said called upon government agencies, NGOs and various organizations to come forward and support in finding out a solution to this menace.
Executive director Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre, Dimapur, W.C. Humtsoe in his speech on “Don’t get high and get healthy”, disclosed that there are more than 40,000 drug users both IV and oral uses in Nagaland.
He opined the figure could be staggering if alcohol users were to be included.
Humtsoe disclosed that in the past decades, hundreds and thousands of families were afflicted and affected by rampant drug and alcohol use but the problem has somewhat been contained due to activities of various NGOs.
He said there is hope, treatment and recovery for drug users starting from the most problematic conditions, as it is a treatable problem and not where one was condemned to death. At the occasion a declaration of pledge led by additional commissioner of excise, Bendangtoshi Ao was signed, where participants signed and declared before God and man, never to compromise with drug traffickers and user and to resist any attempt to make them take drugs and to ensure that those involved were put behind bars.
Earlier, president Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur, Hukheli Wotsa said the invocation prayer while deputy commissioner of excise (narcotic), Nribemo Lotha chaired the function. Deputy commissioner, excise (Hq), Alem Ao offered the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, on the occasion department of excise destroyed 860 kgs of ganja, 20,000 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon and 256 grams of brown sugar.

Kohima: Nagaland Police on Sunday observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with the theme “think health- not drugs” in Kohima.
To spread awareness on the menace of drugs and illicit trafficking, a marathon was organized from New Reserve Phesama to PHQ junction, PR Hill where 82 participants took part. The marathon was flagged off by ST Sangtam, ADGP (Adm).
Speaking on the occasion, ST Sangtam said the policemen should be the torch bearers in creating awareness and educate people to fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
Later, a painting competition was also organized on the topic “think health- not drugs”, where students from Unit School Phesama took part. Also speaking on the occasion, LT Lotha, ADGP (Ops) appreciated the participants of the marathon run and painting competition and further urged the gathering to say no to drugs. The event was organized by the Nagaland Police as per the directives from the Narcotic Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
Kohima, Dimapur, Peren, Phek, Mon, Tuensang and Kiphire bordering other states or countries are vulnerable to illicit drug trafficking. Though Nagaland is primarily used as a conduit route for drug trafficking due to its geographical structures and not a drug destination, a seizure report on narcotic drugs from 2002-2010 shows that a total of 1,43,690 kgs of Ganja were seized, 5 kgs 750 grams of Heroin, 2 kgs 294 grams of Brown Sugar and 64 kgs 468 grams of opium were seized.
Giving a report on interstate and cross-border drug trafficking on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Jatila Jamir SP Narcotics Cell, maintained that the main entry point of drugs to Nagaland is from Manipur through NH 29 which itself is a primary transit route for drugs from across the border.
She also stated that trafficking in border areas is higher as India is located between two major illicit opium centres in Asia- the Golden Crescent which includes Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran and the Golden Triangle which includes Burma, Thailand and Laos. The geographical structures of north eastern states also adjoin China, Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Almost all routes for movement of Narcotic drugs enter Nagaland from Manipur or Myanmar to bordering districts of Nagaland and make its exit towards Assam.
Drugs seized from
Jan 2005- Dec 2010
During the last six years, the department of excise has seized illicit drugs worth around several crores of rupees, 17 vehicles used of the crime and arrested 358 persons.
Seized illicit drugs include: 40920 Kgs of ganja worth Rs. 10 crore;
1 kg of Opium worth around Rs. 40,000; 540 grams of brown sugar worth around Rs. 1,35,000; 154 grams of heroin worth around Rs. 1,54,000 and 130567 capsules of other drugs worth around Rs. 13,00,000.
Seized vehicles: 11 trucks; 2 ambassador cars; one marshal jeep; one tata sumo and two scooters.

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