Young students exhorted to ‘Say no to drug, yes to life’


ITANAGAR | Aug 30 | Pointing out that drug could heal or harm you, fire & emergency service SP Kime Aya said that taking drug as prescribed by doctor is permissible by drug abuse is destructive.

Addressing 200 students of Don Bosco School, Model English School, Vivekananda Central School and Holy Cross School at Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) here during a drug awareness programme, themed ‘Say no to drug, yes to life’, he recalled his experience as Changlang SP and said opium has been a killer, particularly for the younger generation which could be controlled by strong mind to lead a happy life.

Be happy to be successful in life, he said, adding success would be meaningless if one is not happy as the it comes from heart not teeth.

Citing the news item of senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, who had alerted police to act against drug addicts, he recalled that hundreds were arrested. Though all were released by court the next day, but if few changed their life for better that was the genuine reward for police action, he said without mincing any words.

Life is precious and should not be spoiled by drug addiction, said NHPC executive director Ronel Kumar, adding the NHPC has been sponsoring such programmes to benefit the younger generations.

Describing the young ones as invaluable assets of the society, he advised them to realise the value of life and make all out efforts to be worthy human beings. Defining life poetically, he sang a heart touching number whose wave was visible on the smiling faces of the young children.

DBYC director father Cyriac was instrumental in facilitating the event.

A DYBC report adds: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra, noted social activist Jarjum Ete and advocate Taba Rosy, as resource persons, highlighted the positive and negative role of social media in tackling drug menace. They exhorted NGOs to hold de-addiction and awareness camps.

Ete made a fervent appeal to parents to closely monitor, supervise their children and identify doubtful behavior indicative of drug abuse which has psychological ill-effects on one’s personality.

Highlighting features of APSCW, APSCPCR, and child friendly laws, Tingkhatra exhorted to stop child marriage practice and emphasized on girls education by toeing Govt schemes for them.

Explaining the ill effects of drugs on health, RKM Hospital’s Dr. Tabu Maling sensitized them on dangerous drugs, like morphine, cannabis, charas, heroin, marijuana and ganja.

Highlighting legal provisions, Rosy cautioned them about punishments awarded legally to drug users.

Childline coordinator Jumtum Minga lauded NHPC for its gesture  empowering  state’s GenNext before the participants taking a vow to “Say no to drugs”.

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