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Intertiol Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking

 FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

SILCHAR, June 26: Intertiol Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking has been observed by the district administration in coordition with various NGOs and rehabilitation centres in the District Library auditorium here today. Drug addiction has become a mece and considering its serious ramification, a good number of organizations and their volunteers participated in the programme in order to raise awareness against it. The programme began with lighting of the auspicious lamp by Cachar Deputy Commissioner S. Viswathan.

The DC said, “The anti-trafficking day has been observed since 1980s and it is indeed a positive development that a number of NGOs and rehabilitation centres have joined hands together against this evil.” He also expressed his gratitude towards the womenfolk who have come out in large number. “We should be aware of this addiction and stop it from spreading. I urge upon every family, community, organization, NGO and rehabilitation centre to come forward so that drug abuse can be nipped in the bud,” S. Viswathan added to say.

Intertiol Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a day that reflects the devastating impact that drugs have on its users. It is the responsibility of the government to take counter measures in order to put a halt to the twin mece. The responsibility of freeing a tion from the deadly grip of drugs also lies upon the shoulders of all communities, organizations and individuals. Media too has a vital role to play in setting an agenda and create awareness against drug abuse and drug trafficking. This day should help in fostering a society which is free from drug-related crimes.

The UN General Assembly decided that June 26 should be observed as the Intertiol Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to express its determition to stand against drug abuse. The resolution 42/112 was passed on December 7, 1987. The theme of Intertiol Day for Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking for this year is ‘Listen First’. It is a noble initiative taken up to increase support for prevention of drug abuse and is indeed an effective venture in the well-being of various communities, families, youth and children.

The programme has been sponsored by Addiction-cum-Rehabilitation Centre and State Anti-Drug and Prohibition Council. Among others present on the occasion included Madhumita Choudhury, ADC, Cachar, and also the coorditor of the programme, Shilpi Barman, principal, Silchar Medical College and Hospital, K Pegu, ADC, Cachar and Jagadish Das, additiol superintendent of police. Before the function on the subject in the District Library auditorium, an impressive rally was brought out from the premises of the district administration which after parading through the main thoroughfares of this town converged at the meeting venue.

It was an awareness rally to caution and alert people in general and youth in particular against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The Deputy Commissioner led the rally from the front. The large participation in the rally reflects the willingness of people to eradicate the evil of drug addiction. It may take time to wipe off the evil from the face of the earth, yet it is said that a journey of thousands miles beings with a step. Leaflets highlighting the evil effects of the twin monsters were distributed as the rally marched ahead. A number of catchy slogans marked the rally which read ‘Life without drugs’ and ‘stop living in the shadow of life’.