Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Prestone Tynsong, said on Saturday that drug abuse or drug addiction is a problem that not only affects young people but society as a whole. Drugs ruin individuals and society in multiple ways – socially, physically, culturally, emotionally and economically, he said during a broadcast on the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. drugs. Expressing concern over the growing number of drug addicts among children and youth in the state, Tynsong said children can easily succumb to pressure from peers and friends to turn to these intoxicants for comfort.
He called on various organizations to eradicate this threat and stressed the need to address the challenges of illegal drugs so that the young people in the state are protected.
Meghalaya’s Interior Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui, has stressed the need to organize drug awareness programs in schools and colleges so that children and young people can be aware of the harmful effects of drug addiction. It is only when young people have the strength to say no to drugs that the purpose of this observation is achieved, he says.
Meghalaya DGP LR Bishnoi said that the state has about 2.5 lakhs of drug users including injecting drug and mind-altering substance users.
The DGP said: “Due to its proximity to the Golden Triangle, Meghalaya has become a major transit point for drug trafficking and this has put the authorities on very high alert to counter the threat.” Bishnoi said that the police have developed a strategic plan by strengthening infrastructure and ensuring coordination among all stakeholders, in addition to organizing multiple awareness programs in schools, colleges, villages and towns and d ‘other activites. He said that over the past 15 days, Meghalaya Police have conducted a record 142 drug awareness programs in schools, colleges and other public places across the state, reaching over 15,000 young people across the state.
Chief Secretary Rebecca V Suchiang, while highlighting the dangers of drug abuse, stressed the importance of educating young children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the need to provide them with emotional support so they don’t develop the need to turn to substance abuse. for comfort. She also called on parents, teachers and all sections of society to prioritize the support, education and protection of young people from drug addiction and to work together to safeguard their physical and mental health.
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