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J&K govt committed to goal of drug-free society: LG

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Calls for spreading awareness regarding drug de-addiction to save precious lives

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha Saturday urged the public to complement government’s efforts in the fight against the menace of drug abuse.

“On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, let us all reaffirm our resolve and work together to eliminate the evil of drug addiction from the society,” the LG remarked.

He said J&K government is fully committed to strengthening action-framework and taking firm stance against drug abuse, besides providing practical solutions like evidence-based prevention, treatment, and care to emerge as a winner in achieving the goal of a drug-free society.

According to an official press release, he said Youth Clubs are being established in every Panchayat across Jammu and Kashmir for constructive activities and addressing the concerns of young generation.

He also informed that Rs 10 crore have been earmarked for drug de-addiction/rehabilitation centres in this year’s budget.

“Collaborative efforts on the part of every stakeholder are imperative to check the exploitation of our young population. I urge every individual, communities, and various social organizations to share facts on drugs and save lives by combating misinformation and promoting the sharing of scientific facts, raising awareness regarding the threat possessed by illicit drugs to the society,” Sinha added.

He called upon the community elders, religious and spiritual heads, mainstream media to be the torch-bearers in spreading the message that “drug abuse has no place in any civilized society”.

“Every effort on the part of those who are playing an active role in prevention of drug addiction is praiseworthy. By motivating the youth and spreading awareness among them regarding drug de-addiction, we can save precious lives and our future,” the LG maintained.

He also laid special emphasis on counseling of youth for addressing drug de-addiction and improving mental health through dedicated programmes.

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