ARK Foundation workshops on substance use and prevention

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:11:01 PM IST

ARK Foundation conducted a sensitisation workshop on “substance use and prevention” with department of Sociology (PG), St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama on November  6 and with the high school students of River Belt School, Dimapur on “Substance use and its prevention” on November 7 respectively. 

St. Joseph’s College: A press release by ARK Foundation president, Ketho Angami stated that, towards the campaign of “Nasha Mukt Bharat”, Ark Foundation with support from department of Social Welfare conducted a webinar with students of sociology department (PG), St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama through virtual connection. In his presentation, Ketho defined the definition of substance use as “any substance when taken in turn modifies the person’s well being”. He said that there were multiple reasons such as curiosity, peer pressure, frustration, experimental, recreational purpose etc while other factors like poor upbringing, inferior complexity, and easy availability. He also shared the harmful effects of substance use such as tension, arguments, lack of trust, avoidance and incidence of violence in the family. On the management and prevention perspective, he mentioned that primary prevention was the “key”. 
River Belt School, Dimapur: Ketho shared that substance use and progressing to abuse mode of habit was a lethal disease and can be life threatening for many.  In his motivational speech to the students, he shared that student life was the time when the core responsibility was to study and achieve education. He shared a major concern where youngsters were initiating some substances termed as “gateway drugs” such as sniffing of dendrites, use of Tobacco and nicotine products, and other inhalant substance. 

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