Sensitisation on substance abuse

Sensitisation on substance abuse
Organisers and resource persons along with the stakeholders.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/20/2021 11:26:07 AM IST

As part of an ongoing campaign towards a drug-free India, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) in collaboration with ARK foundation and Bethesda YWC organised a stakeholders sensitisation workshop on substance use—prevention and treatment at Bhandari town hall, Bhandari under Wokha on February 19, 2021. 

A press release by ARK Foundation stated that resource persons of the programme were SDO Civil, Maong Jamir, asst director and nodal office Drugs, Wango Langsym, executive director BYWC, WC Humtsoe and president, ARK foundation, Ketho Angami.

Exhorting the audience, SDO shared that Bhandari was a hub centre for many socio-economic activities and as a result, substance use had also become a major concern due to its porous border with Assam.

In his PowerPoint presentation, Ketho Angami shared an overview of drug addiction in the state of Nagaland since the last four decades.

He lauded the department for conducting such programmes across the state and called for a concerted effort from all sections of the society.

He remarked that treatment should be the approach towards helping the drug user, rather than looking at it as a criminal issue which was liable for prosecution.

WC Humtsoe shared his experience of massive awareness and sensitisation programmes conducted during the early years when addiction was at its peak in Wokha district.

He lamented that denial of addiction by the individual and family deterred people in seeking treatment.

Seeking the support of all stakeholders of Bhandari area, Humtsoe urged the department to continue working together in addressing the issue.

In his presentation, Maong Jamir addressed the stigma surrounding addiction and how society ostracized drug users.

He also shared that there were many approaches applied to stop drug addiction and alcoholism such as spiritual counseling, traditional lock ups, disowning, imprisonment, fines, expelling, capital punishment, rehabilitation, NLTP Act and community Detox camps.

However, he stated that most of these approaches were impractical and proved futile. He stressed on the various roles of the churches, village councils, government departments and NGOs in order to prevent further and new entry into drug use and treatment of the already affected persons.

Assistant director and nodal officer, Drugs, Wango Langsym highlighted about the national action plan for drug demand reduction under MoSJE which was implemented by NISD and would be carried out from 2018-2023.

He informed that the action plan worked towards primary prevention with student community through educational and allied department/bodies.

Further, he urged schools and educational institutions in Bhandari to conduct such awareness programmes in their respective set-ups as a shared responsibility. 

Earlier, the workshop was chaired by CDPO, Bhandari, Peter Yanthan and was attended by representatives and delegates from civil society organisations, NGOs, drug users and host of dignitaries.

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