Bokajan: With an aim to raise awareness about the menace of drug abuse, the Bokajan administration organized an Anti-Drug rally as part of the three-day celebration of the 73rd Independence Day in Bokajan on Wednesday.
The rally was attended by a number of students, volunteers and prominent citizens of the Bokajan town. The rally was flagged off by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) Sri Satish Ch. Thakuria from Bokajan Higher Secondary School. The Officer-In-Charge of Bokajan Police Station Sri Dimbeshwar Thakuria also participated in the awareness rally.
Speaking on the occasion, the SDO(C) urged the participants to spread awareness about the menace of drug abuse. He also laid stress on the ill-effects of drug abuse and the harm it causes to the individual and society. “Drug abuse has been plaguing the young generation and generating awareness about the menace is of paramount importance. We have to collectively as an individual or society play a role in eradicating this threat and fight the menace of drug abuse,” he added.
A drug is any substance that causes a change in an organism’s physiology or psychology when consumed.
Drugs are typically distinguished from food and substances that provide nutritional support. Consumption of drugs can be via inhalation, injection, smoking, ingestion, absorption via a patch on the skin or dissolution under the tongue.
In pharmacology, a drug is a chemical substance, typically of known structure, which, when administered to a living organism, produces a biological effect. A pharmaceutical drug also called a medication or medicine, is a chemical substance used to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose a disease or to promote well-being. Traditionally drugs were obtained through extraction from medicinal plants, but more recently also by organic synthesis. Pharmaceutical drugs may be used for a limited duration, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders.
Pharmaceutical drugs are often classified into drug classes—groups of related drugs that have similar chemical structures, the same mechanism of action (binding to the same biological target), a related mode of action, and that are used to treat the same disease. The Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System (ATC), the most widely used drug classification system, assigns drugs a unique ATC code, which is an alphanumeric code that assigns it to specific drug classes within the ATC system. Another major classification system is the Biopharmaceutics Classification System. This classifies drugs according to their solubility and permeability or absorption properties.
Psychoactive drugs are chemical substances that affect the function of the central nervous system, altering perception, mood or consciousness. These drugs are divided into different groups like stimulants, depressants, antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, and hallucinogens. These psychotropic drugs have been proven useful in treating a wide range of medical conditions including mental disorders around the world. The most widely used drugs in the world include caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, which are also considered recreational drugs since they are used for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes. Abuse of several psychoactive drugs can cause psychological or physical addiction. It’s worth noting that all drugs can have potential side effects. Excessive use of stimulants can promote stimulant psychosis. Many recreational drugs are illicit and international treaties such as the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs exist for the purpose of their prohibition.