Shillong, May 4: In view of the rising crimes against women and children, a day-long seminar on ‘Drug Abuse and Social Evils’ was held at Burney Hills Secondary School, Tura where JD Sangma, former Director School Education and Literacy graced the inaugural function as the chief guest. The programme was organised by Tura Garo Senior Citizens Forum (TGSCF), West Garo Hills Tura.
Addressing the gathering, JD Sangma stressed on the importance of reaching out to the youth to educate them about the menace of alcohol and drugs abuse. He also said that drug abuse has become a major social concern and students have become vulnerable to the social evil. He, therefore, urged the students to stay away from any such habit which are detrimental to the life of a person since indulging in these activities only brings misery to one’s life.
Further, he urged the students to cultivate good, presentable and acceptable behaviour and become successful persons in future.
In the technical session, Dr Bethel D Marak, Medical Officer, Tura Civil Hospital highlighted the various forms of alcohol and drug abuse and their harmful effects. She also informed that taking medicine without doctor’s prescription is equally harmful for person’s health as drug abuse. She then explained in detail about addiction or physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms and drug overdose and treatment and counselling necessary for such patients.
She also mentioned about non-substance abuse including excessive use of internet, mobile and mobile games, facebook, whatsapp, television, etc which are hindering normal person’s life.
Earlier in the programme, Vice-President, TGSCF and former Director, Department of Fisheries, CT Sangma highlighted the aims and objectives of organising the seminar for the benefit of the students of the area. She informed that the programme aims to create awareness and sensitise the students about the ill effects of drugs and substance abuse and appealed to everyone to come forward and help eradicate this social menace.