Anti-Narcotics Cell to enlist music therapist to wean addicts off drugs

Once approved, Mansukhani will take his brand of music to college campuses.

Written by Srinath Raghvendra Rao | Mumbai | Published: March 10, 2015 1:07:37 am

The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of the Mumbai Police has roped in a city-based event manager and musician to tackle the rising incidence of drug abuse among the youth.

Roshan Mansukhani (43) runs an academy for aspiring disc jockeys in Andheri and will volunteer at the ANC’s Drug Free Campus initiative in city colleges.

The ANC, impressed with Mansukhani’s claim of successfully weaning three adolescents off drugs, held meetings with him in February.

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“We are interested in the proposal we have received from him and it is pending approval,” said ND Chavan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, ANC. The ANC has enlisted Mansukhani’s help to take music therapy, an integral part of the drugs de-addiction programmes, to college campuses. “Common people do not enjoy trance music but drug consumers do, because it gives them a high. We have found a volunteer who will work against this and introduce different youngsters to different forms of music so that they do not turn to drugs to experience those sensations,” said Chavan.

Once approved, Mansukhani will take his brand of music to college campuses.

“Once they enroll in my academy, I tell them they do not need drugs to achieve a high, when they can do so with music. So I tell them they can play trance, but to blend in other forms of music and see what the results are,” he said.

Mansukhani’s Roshan Academy of DJs little more than eight months old, but he already counts a few success stories. “The youngest drug user was only 13 when I met him. But with intervention from his family and close friends, he has turned his energy to making music. Today, he is among my best students,” he said.

Two friends of the 13-year-old have also kicked drug abuse for good.

One of them, who is now 16, said he began occasionally smoking marijuana because his friends would. “But I knew it was bad for me. I quit several times only to relapse. I never had much of an interest in music until some friends took me to Roshan uncle’s academy. Making music helps me focus. Today, I have quit drugs for good,” he said. Soon after, his 18 year-old friend followed.

srinath.rao@expressindia.com

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