GUWAHATI, June 26: The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed on Tuesday under the aegis of state Social Welfare department with departmental Minister Pramila Rani Brahma as the chief guest. The opening session of the programme was held at the Madhavdev International Auditorium in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati.
Speaking on the occasion the minister stressed on the fact that drug abuse is the root cause behind the rising trend of social crimes. She laid emphasis on an integrated approach by all sections of the society to curb the menace of drug abuse. This, according to her, can be achieved through means like introducing Yoga into the school curriculum, proper moral education to the youth, organising awareness programmes especially in remote areas among others.
The programme was also attended by Dr. Jayanta Das, Consultant Psychiatrist who spoke about depression being a serious cause of concern in the present time. Most of the people suffering from depression resort to drug addiction as a source of relief, which in turn increases the incidences of disease and even death, he added.
Another speaker Dr. Chiranjeeb Kakoti spoke about consumption of alcohol as a major cause behind rising incidences of road accidents and violence among the youth. Nitumoni Saikia, Editor-in-Chief of Pratidin Time channel spoke on the need of proper education and a concerted planning to deal with the rising problem of drug abuse in the society. At the beginning, S.S Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary to the Govt. of Assam and Director, Social Welfare department delivered the welcome address and explained the purpose of the programme.
The day long programme consisted of technical sessions by different stakeholders, speech by students from colleges and interaction with people who were once addicted to drugs or alcohol but later succeeded in coming out from the addiction with the help of family members, doctors and NGOs.
Earlier in the morning street plays were performed at different locations of the city by different NGOs and an awareness rally was taken out by the Narcotic Control Bureau, as a part of the programme.