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This 'Grass' is Not Green - Say, 'No Thanks, I Am Fine Without Drugs'

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This years endeavor attacks the root of the problem. Awareness is crucial to put an end to the menace. The grass root approach to creating awareness about drug abuse forms the crux of this years endeavor. It would begin by targeting schools, parents and youth.

Significantly, the programme, titled 'Ke Moja - No thanks I am fine without drugs' targets the youth, empowering them with the all important decision of staying away from drugs. The programme will also spot the youth in the grip of drugs and enable timely intervention.

India Takes Stock

India happens to be the only country cultivating opium for medical and scientific use. Despite strict regulation, some amount gets into the illicit route.

Drug abuse is also becoming a problem at call centers and college campuses. The key challenge to curbing drug abuse in India hovers around controlling the use of party drugs like Ecstasy. Many synthetic drugs are abused at parties which cannot be overlooked. These drugs have hallucinogenic characters and are akin to other drugs of their genre, with the potential to cause irreparable brain damage. A strong team effort between public and private companies is imperative to end this problem.

The UN body in India has set up nearly 400 de-addiction centers and 200 trained personnel have been inducted as counselors. Each trained person will enlighten the issue of drugs in five others. This chain will perpetuate and the message is spread.

The groups will also proactively seek drug abusers and bring them to the de- addiction centers. Support groups are underway to roll out the process of assisting abusers to get back on track.

Finally

A concerted effort across nations is imperative to obliterate the scourge. This is not a problem specific to a country. It is a global problem which needs a global initiat
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