Sensitisation on ‘substance use- prevention and treatment’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/18/2021 12:24:36 PM IST

Department of Social Welfare in collaboration with Access to Rights and Knowledge (ARK) Foundation and DAPCU, Kiphire, organised a “stakeholders sensitization workshop on substance use- prevention and treatment” at the conference hall of Kiphire district Hospital on April 16. 

In a press statement ARK Foundation president, Ketho Angami stated that around 40 stakeholders from various associations ranging from apex tribal Hohos, churches, students, NGO partners, drug users, police and civil society organisations of the district attended the programme.

In the opening remark, USLP vice president, L.Kipitong Sangtam encouraged the NGOs and CSOs to shift their focus towards addressing the issue of addiction in the district. 

He also emphasized on the OST programme and its importance. 

Ketho Angami, in his PowerPoint presentation, shared an overview of drug addiction in the state of Nagaland way back four decades, and how it has vastly effected the health and the lives of the drug users, and the society at large. 

He also lauded the Social Welfare Department for the initiatives in conducting such programmes across the state and called for a concerted effort from all sections of the society.

Litingse, a recovering drug user from Kiphire shared his experience with drug abuse. 

Tsiatsiivi, informed about the various drug related services available in the district such as targeted intervention which implements the approach of harm reduction. Under this, services such as needles and syringes, condoms, counselling, and referrals for drug treatment and HIV related services. She encouraged all to avail the available services without fear of stigma and discrimination.

During the open discussion session, various queries and concerns relating to OST, management and treatment of chemical dependency and usage of condoms were deliberated.

Asst director and Nodal Officer- Drugs, Wango Langsym in his closing remarks highlighted on the various different roles played by the various department and the NGOs towards supply, demand and harm reduction. 

He emphasized on the importance of primary prevention among the upcoming generations in the schools, colleges and churches.

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