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Drug de-addiction week: Seminar on ‘Drug Abuse’ held at Welkin School Sopore

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Sopore: Welkin School, Sopore in collaboration with district administration Baramulla Tuesday organised a seminar on Drug Abuse at the institute’s Auditorium Hall.
The programme was part of the special drug de-addiction week, being observed in the district from April 29 to May 5 is in the wake of “growing menace of drug addiction among the youth” as perceived by the administration.
Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo was the chief guest on the occasion.
Other guests present on the occasion were SSP Sopore, Javid Iqbal Wani, Chief Education Officer Baramulla, G M Lone, Drug Inspector Sopore/ Rafiabad, ADC Sopore and members of NGO Dawn and media fraternity.
Representatives of various trade associations, students, and common citizens of the town also participated in the event.
Students of the school highlighted the impacts of drug addiction among the youths and their families.
During their speeches, they said that as per a survey of United Drug Control, 70,000 people, 4000 of whom are females were addicted in Jammu and Kashmir state.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo complimented the participants for their active participation and highlighted the need to protect young generation from the menace.
Drug abuse, Itoo said, posed a serious challenge to the society.
Itoo underlined the need to disseminate awareness through different mediums. He urged upon different sections of the society to act vibrantly against on the issue while assuring every possible initiative from the district administration to nip this menace in the bud.
Itoo said that parents had a major role to play in this regard as they act as a friend, philosopher and guide for their wards.
He also stressed upon the parents to closely monitor their children to check whether they are indulged into fallacious activities inflicted upon them through different mediums including mobile phones and internet.
SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal, during his, address said that lack of parental care and affection was the main cause that thrusts our youth towards drug addiction.
He highlighted the role of parents and said that parents had a greater responsibility in social development of a child as they act as the first teacher and guide of their wards.
Iqbal also reiterated the role of police department and said that stringent actions shall be taken against drug peddlers.
At the end of seminar, Basima Aijaz, vice-chairperson of the school delivered the speech of thanks towards the participants including DC Baramulla and other guests.

Bilal Ahmad

Bilal Ahmad is a reporter and covers city beat and sports, can be contacted [email protected]

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