Nagaland observes ‘World Drug Day’
Dimapur, June 26 (EMN): ARK Foundation and public of Shamator along with the Assam Rifles observed the ‘International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ on June 26 by organising an awareness programme.
Commemorating the day, ARK (Access to Rights and Knowledge) Foundation organised an awareness programme with the jail inmates and jail authorities of the Kohima District Jail. The programme was initiated by ARK Foundation, in collaboration with the Kohima district administration and Social Welfare department.
In his opening remarks, the assistant jailor Ronald mentioned about the background of the programme and why substance use and abuse is a social menace to the society. He also welcomed the team from ARK foundation and urged the participants to get the best benefits from the programme.
ARK Foundation president, Ketho Angami has encouraged the inmates to understand the ill effects of alcoholism and substance abuse and advised to always stay away from such ill habits as it could lead to a total chaotic life.
He stated that addiction has posed great threat and concerns to the very survival of the individual and the society resulting in broken families, premature deaths and disharmony at homes.
He stated that the indulgence in such habits result in the formation of compulsive behaviour and thereby involve in anti-social activities which are in conflict with the laws as per the NDPS act 1985.
In conclusion, he informed about the need to further collaborate together for such future initiatives in relation to substance abuse including HIV, viral hepatitis etc.
As part of the programme, the visiting team also provided essential items to the inmates such as food items, PPEs, and personal hygiene utilities.
In Shamator, Assam Rifles and the Regional Rural Development Agency (RRDA), an NGO under Nagaland State AIDS Control Society, in association with Yimchungrü Baptist Borü Amukhungto (YBBA) carried out an awareness campaign against ‘drugs abuse.’ A DIPR report stated that both the security forces and civilians undertook a procession around Shamator town by displaying banners and placards to create awareness about the menace of drug abuse in the society.