Myths on drug abuse should be made aware among people: PGM Patil

“Taking drugs is not a stimulant for creativity, but it is running away from responsibilities. In fact the drugs destroy our memory system and ruins our lives,” said P G M Patil, President, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) at an awareness seminar on ‘Drug eradication in the society’ at Mahajana’s PU College on Tuesday.

The programme was organised by Mahajana’s PU College jointly in collaboration with DLSA and Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Legal Research Centre at Vivekananda Auditorium.

Patil who inaugurated the seminar said, “The drug is an ultimate poison. It stimulates at the initial stages and will surely kill a person very soon.”

The myth that the drugs do not affect humans is prevalent among many youngsters, nevertheless the consumption of drugs will damage the brain, create memory loss and eventually it destroys the neuron system itself.” “Though we have Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) 1985 to prevent the drug abuse with punishment up to 10 years in jail, persons consuming drugs have been escaping from the punishment on technical grounds. We have greater responsibilities to strengthen law.”

“It is pathetic to note that the recent survey conducted in our country has revealed that there were about 7.21 crore people addicted to drugs. The eradication of this social evil is not possible just with judiciary and police department. Education is the only key to fight this evil,” he added.

O Sham Bhat, senior advocate said, “The youths and the people addicted to drugs may think it as a way for spiritual relief, but it is not. We need to understand that the drug abuse is a menace in our country, affecting  our economy and socio-legal system. Kodagu, Ooty and Kodaikanal are the places affected by drug abuse,” he added.

Mohammed Mujeer Mujeer Ullah C G, secretary, DLSA; Vasudeva Murthy, President, Mahajana Education Institution; members from Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Legal Research Centre and over 300 students were present.

 

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