Hailakandi: Schools across Hailakandi district observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with various activities on Wednesday.
The awareness programmes held in Tribal High School, GSM HS School, Jamira High School, Lakshirbond HS Madrassa, Panchgram Town High School, Katlicherra Girls’ High School, Rangauti Girls’ High School, Nityanandapur High School, JCHS School and Barnagab Girls’ High School included awareness meetings on drug abuse and trafficking, display and distribution of banners, posters and pamphlets on ‘Say No to Drugs’.
Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha said the message the principals and teachers tried to drive home loud and clear among the students is ‘call for concerted efforts to eradicate the menace of substance abuse, as it affects one socially, economically, culturally, physically and emotionally’. Pledge was administered to the students to do away with the menace of drugs and to work assiduously towards making the society free of substance abuse.
This United Nations day recognizes the adverse effects that drug abuse and illicit trafficking have on health, security, peace and development. Over 1,90,000 people deal with illicit trafficking each year. But that’s not all; it takes a heavy toll on health as it increases the risk of HIV, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. The United Nations is committed to peacefully addressing the challenges posed by illicit trafficking and drug abuse. Keeping the international drug control conventions in mind, the UN continues to fight the battle against drug scourge with focus on health and welfare of the people.