ITANAGAR, Mar 14: As part of a series of Drug Abuse Prevention Programmes organized by the Department of Social Work, Rajiv Gandhi University in the city colleges to create awareness among the youth, clarify myths related to drugs and motivate them to be torch bearers and stand out as role models in the society in which eight colleges were covered, which started at NERIST last month concluded today at Don Bosco College, Jollang here.
The highlight of today’s programme was on saying ‘NO’ to drugs and reaching out to those in need of professional intervention. The session also focused on the common drugs abused, its effects and the importance of abstaining from any kind of psychoactive substances that have a negative consequence in the physical and mental functioning of individuals.
Arunachal Pradesh being ranked one among the states in India with high prevalence of alcohol use by a survey conducted by AIIMS and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2018 raises a lot of concern and makes it even more imperative for such programmes to protect and prevent the youth of the state from the clutches of addiction.
The other institutions that were part of the programme are Himalayan University, Arunodaya University, Bini Yanga Women’s College, Govt College, Doimukh, Dera Natung Govt College and VKV BEd College.
The resource persons for the programmes were experienced practitioners and academicians specializing in the field of addiction. A group of students from the Social Work Department of RGU facilitated the programmes.
It is also envisaged that this programme will motivate the younger generation to pursue a healthy and productive life realizing their goals. The initiative was sponsored by National Institute of Social Defence, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India, New Delhi.