Khampti & Mishmi tribes hit by Opium & other drugs: MLA Mein

MEDO, Dec 31: “Opium and other drug abuses are seriously affecting both Khampti and Mishmi tribe most. The menace has taken an alarming proportion. Rampant cultivation and its open sell in Medo weekly market needs to be stopped to save our youth or else in another decade most of the local population will be outnumbered,” MLA CT Mein said while addressing a drug awareness camp here.

The two-day free health camp, themed ‘My Arunachal Drug Free Arunachal’, which concluded on Sunday, was organized by Lohit zonal hospital with support from local leaders and public. Over hundreds local residents thronged the camp where de-addiction medicines were freely distributed in a camp.

“We have started rehabilitation centre at Pali Vidhayapith,  Chowkham and Lathao to de-addict the youngster but it has failed to yield the desired results”, rued Mein, who was chief guest. He lauded Tezu-based Brahmakumaris Rajyoga & Education Centre (BREC) for its selfless effort to generate awareness and effective endeavour to de-addict opium and other drugs. He suggested it to run a rehab centre at Medo for which he promised to extend support.

Expressing serious concern over sporadic opium cultivation earlier, TRIH&MS senior pathologist Dr Sopai Tawsik advocated necessary support to BREC to educate the people about spirituality and the essence of easy Rajyoga to quit addiction.

BRMC in-charge BK Jayanti earlier spoke about quintessence of spirituality and Rajyoga meditation for peace, happiness and contentment in life.   Senior citizen Sosai Manyua and former PRI leader S Ngadong also spoke on importance of spirituality and stressed on mass awareness on de-addiction.

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