Nagaland observes Int’l Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking

DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2020 10:01:55 AM IST

Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland Friday observed International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADA&IT) 2020 under the United Nations (UN) 2020 theme, “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.

The UN IDADA&IT 2020 theme emphasizes the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how in turn, better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security. 

In Nagaland, various government agencies and civil society organisations observed the day by organising awareness programme on drug use and illicit trafficking.

Excise (NC) Dimapur: Excise (Narcotic Cell) Dimapur observed International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by organising a short programme Friday at the Conference Hall of Excise Directorate.

Reading out a report on drug abuse and illicit trafficking from 27 June 2019 till date, deputy commissioner of Excise (NC), S Chanlei Angh said the Narcotic Cell has registered 16 cases under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985 and Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Act, 1940.

He informed that 8,360 bottles of codeine based cough syrup; 240 kg ganja; 10,385 spasmo prozyvon capsules; 64 nitrosun tablets; 240.8 gm of heroin, 500 gm morphine and 3430 kg of poppy straw worth Rs 66, 72000 (approximate) were seized during this period (June 2019-June 2020).

In a short speech, Commissioner of Excise & Prohibition, Nagaland, Sedevikho Khro called for a united front in the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

He said every public needed to be educated and informed on the ill effects of drugs and called upon all to assist in creating awareness on drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

“Drug abuse and illicit trafficking directly or indirectly affect everyone and also the state economy” Khro said. 

Emphasising that Excise department has a greater responsibility in eradicating this drug menace, Khro encouraged the officers and staff of the department to rededicate, inculcate team work with better coordination and support each other.

Delivering the significance of the day, additional commissioner of Excise, Kevisetuo Angami, called for rededication in the fight against drug abuse. He said the future of the younger generation depends on today’s fight against the drug abuse. (Staff Reporter)

NDWM & ACID: National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) Nagaland region in collaboration with Assisi Centre for Integrated development (ACID) commemorated International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking on (IDADAIT) Friday at Kacharigaon for migrants.

A press release from NDWM, Nagaland region stated that in her address, Pramila Lobo (UFS) deliberated on drug abuse and trafficking. 

While highlighting on illicit trafficking, Pramila Lobo “agents” mainly from villages identify women, children and youth as “easy targets” for trafficking. She said these “agents” lure innocent victims in exchange for jobs and better life in metropolitan cities. She termed various types of “exploitation” as the main purpose of trafficking. 

Bethesda & ARK: Bethesda YWC Dimapur, ARK Foundation Kohima with the support of social welfare department observed International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Friday at Bethesda Rehabilitation Centre, Drop-In Centre Nagaland Gate.

As part of the observation, the team also distributed relief material to the High Risk Groups (HRGs) homeless. A programme was also held at Bethesda TI Drop-In Centre Duncan and Bhandari DIC and some relief materials were also been distributed to the HRGs at Bhandari DIC. 

ARK Foundation: ARK Foundation and the department of Social Welfare observed the World Drug day at Kohima and Dimapur Friday. 

ARK Foundation said the programme was conducted with the objective to spread the message of substance abuse prevention and treatment and also more importantly in the context of Substance abuse in direct relation to COVID-19.

In Kohima, ARK foundation in joint venture with the Prison Authority, District Jail Kohima observed the day wherein inmates of the jail were highlighted on the ill effects of substance use.

Superintendent of police, Jail, C. Motsothung Yanthan; ARK Foundaiton, Ketho Angami, assistant director, social welfare, K.Wango Langsym and others spoke at the programme.

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