GUWAHATI: Along with the rest of the nation, the 'International Day against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed at the Assam Police Headquarters here on Sunday under the aegis of CID, Assam, which was presided over by the State's Director General of Police (DGP), Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.
In his address on the occasion as the Chief Guest, Minister of Water Resources and other portfolios Pijush Hazarika praised the efforts of the Assam Police for their zero-tolerance action against drug traffickers. Hazarika emphasized sensitizing parents and society as a whole about the adverse effects of drug abuse and said that they can play a pivotal role in curbing the use of drugs. Hazarika said that mass awareness against drugs needs to be created by involving all stakeholders. He informed that the State Government is striving hard to make Assam free of drugs. The Minister also laid stress on preparing an SOP for regulating the rehabilitation and de-addiction centres.
In his speech, DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta laid stress on the need for a multipronged strategy to tackle the drug menace. He requested the Social Welfare Department to devise standard guidelines for setting up and running the de-addiction centres. He called upon the Education and Health Departments to include drug abuse awareness in the academic curriculum. Mahanta said that Assam Police has been working towards supply reduction and it is now the need of the hour to focus on demand reduction.
During the meeting, it was decided to compile an appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to regulate the rehabilitation and de-addiction centres and also subsequently monitor their functioning.
Earlier in his welcome address-cum-report ADGP (CID), AYV Krishna mentioned that to tackle the drug menace there has to be a three-pronged strategy - supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction.