July 8, 2011 1:43:53 am
A city de-addiction centre realised that observing just one day,June 26,as International Day Againt Drug Abuse was not really serving the purpose of weaning young people away from narcotic substances.
The Pune police,too,following raids and seizure of narcotic substances in the recent months,decided it was time to launch a sustained campaign against drugs by spreading the message in schools and colleges.
And so they joined hands to drive home t he point. The police department and the de-addiction centre,Muktangan,have stretched the anti-drug campaign to a month.
Muktangan,which had already covered Fergusson College and SP College,on Thursday held a meeting at PICT College. The event included interaction with de-addicted people so that others learn from the trauma and pain addiction can lead to.
Nagnath Wakude,senior inspector,Bharati Vidyapeeth police station,said,The event was conducted for about an hour and started with a 15-minute streetplay. The play had quite an impact on students. The play was followed by a slide show and a discussion where a Muktangan member,Nitin Deuskar,shared his experiences. He broke down narrating his story and it made quite an impact on the students.
Deepak Kelkar,a student,said,The session was helpful. Today,about 300 of us attended the event. We want them to come here again and talk to us. When people like them share their experiences,its a different experience altogether. We have asked Muktangan to organise a series of four sessions so that all students can be covered here.
Speaking on how the idea germinated,deputy director,Muktangan,Mukta Puntambekar,said,on June 26 every year,Muktangan organises an event. However,we realised that just one event was not enough. Therefore,we organised a month-long programme where we will be going to about 12-15 colleges and about five schools and talking to youth about these problems, said Puntambekar.
Muktangan will organise a special event for the Pune police on Saturday where they will be told about how they can work on addictions and how they can spread the message about these problems.
The campaign will conclude on July 27.
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