Sensitisation workshop on substance abuse and prevention

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/12/2020 1:09:20 PM IST

Access to Rights and Knowledge (ARK) Foundation in collaboration with IBAPWO, PTSU and PSTAP with support from the department of Social Welfare conducted a webinar on “sensitisation workshop on substance abuse and prevention”, on July 9 with leaders and members of Pungro Town Students’ Union (PTSU) and Private School Teachers’ association Pungro (PSTAP), and IBAPWO.

A press release by ARK Foundation stated that while speaking at the webinar, EAC, Pungro, Nahuta Tunyi maintained that alcohol and drug abuse in the society was a pertinent issue that needed urgent attention as recent studies had shown that 74% of people in Nagaland reported being introduced to substance and that, people significantly from 15 years and above consume alcohol or other substance.

Majority of the people from the age group of 15-30 years were vastly affected and teenagers were most prone. He shared that collaborative effort of government, public, NGOs and CSOs were crucial. He stated that Nagaland State Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Policy 2016 if implemented and made operational would help address substance abuse. He shared that Pungro experienced the presence of a sizable number of users where drugs and alcohol come from across the indo-Myanmar border and that government and the village councils were working to address this problem. The need to have a professional counselor and psychiatrist and rehabilitation centre in Pungro also was also felt.

In his exhortation, K. Wango Langsym, assistant director, Social Welfare department called upon student leaders to be a partner in spreading the awareness of substance abuse in one’s own locality. 

While sharing his presentation on the topic, Ketho talked about the history of addiction in the state and while sharing about various types of drugs, he also talked about one of the drugs in concern called Yabaa (WY- World is yours) and its consumption being reported in Kohima, Dimapur, Mon and Tuensang. On management and prevention perspective, he mentioned that primary prevention was the key and that people should be made aware of the harmful effects and treatment through rehabilitation for those who are in the addictive stage. 

Further, he talked about some signs observed in a person who was starting or was into repeated drug use, and some tips to prevent the youngsters to keeping away from being introduced to the first “substance use” experience.

Earlier, Ketho Angami, president, ARK Foundation moderated the programme, welcome address was delivered by president PTSU, followed by round of questions and answers. Closing remarks was delivered by president, PSTAP and the workshop discussed on conducting “awareness on substance abuse” with students’ community of Pungro. 


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