A day- long workshop cum sensitization programme was held on 13th July 2018 at Government Secondary School Nirjuli, with the Theme: “PREVENTING TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE” for school going children.
The workshop was organised by the students of MSW of Rajiv Gandhi University and NERIM Group of Institution Guwahati under the banner of One Stop Centre (OSC), TRIHMS, Naharlagun, supported by Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, which is run by Oju Welfare Association (OWA).
The workshop had been attended by around 75 to 80 students including both the girls and boys.
Trainee social workers were provided all the relevant information about drug abuse among teenagers. Likewise; Meaning of Substance Abuse, Types of drug Abuse, Stages of drug Use, Internal and External Factors related to Drug Abuse, Effects of Alcohol and other Substance Abuse, Preventive measures and Avenues to combat drug menace was addressed in the said programme.
Besides, various other information regarding roles and functions of the One Stop Centre (OSC), legal aid clinic and in reference to Protection of Women from Domestic Violence ACT 2005 and POCSO ACT 2012 by the trainee social workers, headed by Mr. Raju Ghising along with Ms. Gopi Dirchi, Mr. Tomo Nayam, Mr. Alfred Tedam Wangsa and Mr. Chukhu Abu.
The aim of the programme was to spread awareness on basic education about drugs/substance abuse among teenagers and to combat drug menace. As substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substance, including alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, the psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome- a cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug.
Thus, the targeted group of the programme was school going children’s, because “youth are the backbone of society and they are likely to become victims of drug abuse, if not prevented”. Yours Sincerely Raju Ghising Trainee social worker