The Delhi government Monday launched a drug abuse prevention campaign to focus on the use of drugs among students of government run schools. The campaign will be organised in government schools in the national capital and will target vulnerable areas, apart from hosting activities such as poster making, quizzes, short movie screenings and interactions to help raise awareness about the menace and consequences of substance abuse at a young age.
Various sessions focusing exclusively on imparting life skills to help youth cope with adolescent peer pressure have also been planned.
The inaugural session was held at the Rani Chemmama Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Jahangirpuri.
For this campaign, the Directorate of Education, government of NCT of Delhi has partnered with the Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses (SPYM), a Delhi based NGO working with children on substance use prevention and treatment.
Recently, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, had declared that people found drinking at public places in the national capital, including parks and road sides, will be fined a hefty amount.
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“‘Catch them young’ is the mantra if you want the society to be drug and addiction free. Hence, we are teaching them how to say no to their peer groups in case they are offered drugs, alcohol or tobacco. As a result of these sessions, students will be able to cope with emotional discomfort and trauma which is also a big reason why a person gets themselves into addiction of different substances,” the official statement said.
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