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‘Overcoming drug addiction not easy’

Padmashree A Jayenta said prevention of drug use was the best approach to reducing drug related burden.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 26 Jun 2024, 5:31 pm

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

Revealing the sad reality of drug users, Padmashree A Jayenta Kumar on Wednesday said that overcoming drug addiction was not easy and hence, early treatment was essential. He also said that looking at the year to year trend, the average age at which users begin taking drugs was 12 years.

Addressing the observation of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 2024 under theme 'The evidence is clear:Invest in prevention' at the Manipur State Film Development Society, Jayenta Kumar, who is also the director of State Level Coordinating Agency, said that prevention of drug use was the best approach to reducing drug related burden.

Explaining about the observation of drug abuse day, he said that participation of drug users was highly essential to make if successful.

Sharing his experience he said that there are 26 rehabilitation centres in the state wherein 80 per cent of the drug users are from the valley while 20 per cent are from the hills. However, this does not mean that the valley has the highest number of users but rather that the awareness level of rehabilitation is low in the hill, he said.

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Jayenta also said that NGOs and the social welfare department alone will not be able to manage the issue of drugs even through awareness programmes but that there was a need for intersectoral collaboration.

He also stated that to study the rate of drug users, new cases of drug users should be studied. He, however, lamented that there was no report of reducing the number of drug users despite the state having a drug policy.

Social Welfare director Ngangom Uttam Singh said that the government is putting all effort for effective implementation of Manipur State Drug Policy.

Informing that the Manipur State Drug Policy was notified in 2020, Uttam said that about 20-30 per cent of the provision of policy has been implemented with the support of various line departments. The state is in the process of scaling up the execution of said policy, he added.

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He also said that the department has taken up various preventative measures for drug abuse with the firm belief that prevention is always better than cure. The department has carried out massive awareness in schools and colleges relating to the drug menace and its impact to society, he said.

He mentioned that despite various programmes being taken up related to drug demand reduction, its effectiveness couldn’t be ascertained immediately. However, its outcome can be witnessed only after 5-10 years. But on the other hand, initiatives taken up for drug supply reduction can be assessed and quantified. As such its result can be easily noticed, Uttam.

Uttam said that each and every citizen is responsible for stopping drug abuse and preventing addiction. Youth should be motivated to channel their energy for the betterment of society.

Minister of Social Welfare Heikham Dingo expressed concern about expanding drug abuse in rural areas as well which was once mostly confined in urban areas. There is a need for rigorous awareness to end drug menace from the state, the minister said.

 
 
 

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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