International Anti Drugs Day observed in the hills

The International Anti Drugs Day was today observed in Kalimpong, Panitanki and other parts of the hills by various social organisation to spread the awareness against the evil practice and also to eradicate it completely from the society.

In Kalimpiong, the Himalayan Anti AIDS and Anti Nicotine Drugs Society to conducted a poster campaign to spread awareness about drug abuse. The society put up posters with slogans denouncing the usage of drugs across the length and breadth of the town. The society has been conducting various awareness campaigns against drug abuse and for the welfare of drug edicts since a long time.

The society’s convenor Niriyas Mukhiya said drug users cannot be treated with medication, they need to be rehabilitated through strict procedures. Further, awareness and spreading the knowledge about the bad effects of drugs should be given priority by everyone. “Drug abuse is a personal and metal ailment and the people who use such substances are unaware of the importance of living life. They feel constantly lonely and separate themselves from the society, family, love and everything else which is important in life,” Mukhiya explained.

Meanwhile, the Naksalbari-Panitanki unit of social organisation Gana Unnayan Parshad conducted an awareness campaign through a rally to mark the International Anti Drugs Day in Panitanki. The rally urged the people to be aware of the bad effects of drug abuse to make the society drugs free. The rally was also attended by SSB personnel from Kadamani post. The rally culminated at the new Panitanki bus stand where an awareness programme was conducted. GUP member Tarun Kumar Biswas said everyone should work together to keep youngsters away from drug abuse and to make the society free of drugs.

Similar events to mark the International Anti Drugs Day were also held across the hills including Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong and other places.

Source: EOI

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