SHILLONG, June 25: The Director General of Police (DGP) of Meghalaya, LR Bishnoi, said on Saturday that the state had become a major transit point for drug trafficking.
Speaking during a program at U Soso Tham auditorium to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here, the DGP said in Meghalaya, there are about 2.5 lakh d drug users including injecting drug and mind-altering substance users while adding that drug addicts in India counts at around 7.3 crore where 1.2 crore are children between the age group of 11-18 year. Among them, 55 lakh are women.
This year’s theme is “Addressing the Challenges of Drugs in Health and Humanitarian Crises”, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to countering the threat of drugs in society.
Reviewing the current drug trafficking scenario in the state, DGP said that due to the proximity to the Golden Triangle, Meghalaya has become a major transit point for drug trafficking, which has put the authorities on high alert to counter the threat. .
The DGP also made a detailed presentation on the major drug trafficking routes in the state and the commonly used modus operandi for drug trafficking.
The DGP informed that the department has developed a strategic plan by strengthening infrastructure and promoting coordination among all stakeholders, in addition to frequent law enforcement operations and organizing multiple awareness programs in schools, colleges, villages and towns and other activities.
He also informed that over the past 15 days, Meghalaya Police have conducted a record number of 142 drug awareness programs in schools, colleges and other public places across the state, reaching over of 15,000 young people.
Addressing the rally, Chief Guest Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister, said drug abuse or addiction is a psychiatric, social and psychological problem that affects not only young people but society as a whole. . Drugs ruin individuals and society in multiple ways – socially, physically, culturally, emotionally and economically, he said.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Lahkmen Rymbui stressed the need to organize drug awareness programs in schools and colleges so that children and young people can be aware of the harmful effects of drug addiction. Only when young people have the strength to say no to drugs will the goal of commemorating the day be achieved, he said.
Chief Secretary Rebecca V Suchiang, while highlighting the dangers of drug abuse, stressed the importance of educating young children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and the need to provide them with emotional support so they don’t develop the need to turn to substance use for comfort. She also called on parents, teachers and all sections of society to prioritize the support, education and protection of young people from drug addiction and to work together to safeguard their physical and mental health.
Others in attendance included Dr. Pakha Tesia, MD (Psychiatry), Mind and Wellness Clinic, Bryan Wallang, Principal, Kiddies Corner HS School, Shillong, and other guests.
Other programs of the day included a skit on drug abuse by the Kripa Foundation Rehabilitation Center for Juveniles, Mawkasiang, and the sharing of patient testimonials from the KJPA New Hope Rehabilitation Center for Men, in Mawdiangdiang, and the Kripa Foundation Youth Detox Center. Juveniles, Mawkasiang.
Audiences were also captivated by songs featured by Neil Umwi & Desmond Rimiki Sun, Meghalaya Police Cultural Troupes and Khaki Vibes.
Sampath Kumar, Principal Secretary of Welfare Department, delivered the welcome and introductory speech while Shri. Pravin Bakshi, Commissioner and Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare offered the vote of thanks.
Another highlight of the day was the congratulation of the police officers by the guest of honour.