Drug Awareness Week observed at St Aloysius PU College

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Drug Awareness Week observed at St Aloysius PU College

Mangaluru: The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated annually in June to raise awareness of drug-related issues and seek cooperation to combat all its effects on health and society in general.

The theme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), for this year, is “Addressing drug-related challenges in health and humanitarian crises”, with the aim of raising awareness on this subject. , so that a world without drug addiction can be created. .

The Counseling Department at St Aloysius Pre-University College, celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by recently hosting a two-day session, to educate students about the problems that illicit drugs pose on the physical and mental health of the individual which then creates a chain reaction affecting family, friends, community and society.

Dr. Manas ER, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Sunil Kumar G, Physician of Psychiatry and Mr. Nagarajmurthy, Psychologist at Baliga Memorial Hospital, Udupi, Dr. Ravichandra Karkal, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangaluru and Dr. Manu Anand Acharya, Founder and Arka Health Care’s consultant psychiatrist, Surathkal, was the resource person for this program.

They addressed the participants on the use and abuse of drugs by young people and the impact of the same on society. The students were enlightened on the legal aspects of drug abuse, how to say no to drugs and how to seek help for the same. Overall, they educated students on how drug use and addiction destroys their lives and eventually their future.

The students also took part in a collage-making contest on the theme “Drugs: Busting the Myths”. It helped them understand the real facts about the drug situation. Creative posters were also shown on occasion to educate students about the threat of drugs. St Aloysius Pre-University College believes in achieving a world free of drug addiction by continuing to advocate and protect the health rights of children and young people.

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