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Assam Govt Committed To Make Assam Drug Free: Pijush

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Introduction of drug abuse awareness in academic curriculum mooted

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 26: The state minister for Information and Public Relations and Parliamentary Affairs Pijush Hazarika has lauded the Assam Police for their zero tolerance action against drug traffickers, even as he has stressed on drawing up a SOP for regulating the rehabilitation and de-addiction centres.

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Underlining the need to create a mass awareness against drugs by involving all stakeholders, he said that the state government is keenly working to make the state of Assam drugs free.

Speaking at a programme organised as a part of observance of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking at the Assam Police headquarters on Sunday, he stressed on sensitising the parents and the society about the ill effects of substance abuse saying “they can play a pivotal role in curbing use of drugs.”

In his presidential speech, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, DGP, highlighted the need for a multipronged strategy to tackle the drug menace.

He urged the Social Justice Department to devise standard guidelines for permitting setting up and running of the de-addiction centres.

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He also called upon the Education and Health Departments to include drug abuse awareness in the academic curriculum.

The meeting decided to compile an appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to regulate the rehabilitation and de-addiction centres and also subsequently to monitor their functioning.

Earlier in his welcome address-cum-report ADGP CID, A Y V Krishna, mentioned that, in order to tackle the drug menace there has to be a three pronged strategy namely supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction.

It is worth mentioning that the CID Assam has an App named “Drugs Free Assam” prepared with the help of NIC which can be downloaded through Google Play Store.

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The meeting was also addressed by Niraj Verma, principal secretary, Home and Political department besides others.


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