Anlon advocates for “Listen First” to create awareness against drug abuse

Scene 1: A 59-year-old woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her brother following an argument over his drug addiction in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area on June 24, 2018.

Scene 2: Four drug addicts allegedly murdered one of the inmates of an illegal drug de-addiction centre being run in Matoi village in Malerkotla subdivision in Ludhiana in Punjab on June 14, 2018 and managed to flee from the centre.

Scene 3: Three youths who started stealing cars to fund their drug addiction for Ecstasy have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on June 5, 2018. The youths stole only Honda City cars as they apparently fetched them more money.

Scene 4: Taking note of the increasing number of adverse drug reaction cases in civic-run hospitals, the Bombay high court in last week of April, 2018 has directed the state government to set up a committee to analyse the cause and subsequently come up with a solution.

All incidents above have stunning similarities of drug addiction and crime committed under the influence of drug addictions. Drug addictions and drug abuse incidents are increasing day-by-day. In the case of drug abuse, the user may not necessarily be addicted. But someone addicted to drugs will find ways to abuse them.

According to reports, prescription drug abuse is growing in India and the problem is serious in South Asia. According to a UN report drugs enter the cross-border illicit markets through various channels, being diverted from India’s pharmacy industry and smuggled from Afghanistan.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent UN body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide, said in its annual report that governments in South Asia continue to respond strongly to the threat of drug trafficking and abuse in the region.

According to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India accounts for 10 percent of the total pharmaceuticals produced in the world. In its report, it noted that the law required all drugs with “abuse potential” to be sold only on prescription, but that there was “significant diversion” from this.

To overcome this societal issue, the General Assembly of the United Nations has decided to observe June 26 of each year as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Supported each year by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

Building on the success of last year, the theme for 2018 is: “Listen First – Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.” It is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

Listen First: Todos for parents

  • A strong bond between children and parents is based on listening to them and showing you care. Even in difficult circumstances, a strong bond between children and parents can mean less risky behaviours
  • Spending even a small amount of time each day with complete attention to your child can really help
  • Praise your child for at least one thing he/she is doing right even if small
  • Ask your child what you need to know; where he/she will be, for how long, with whom, and doing what

Listen First: Todos for Teachers

  • Teachers can have a positive influence on children and youth to help them grow happy and resilient
  • Even in very difficult circumstances, children who are in school and feel a sense of belonging are less vulnerable to risky behaviours
  • The first step towards a strong bond between children and teachers is listening with empathy and care
  • Support the development of the personal and social skills of children through a curriculum of interactive activities
  • Create a positive school culture that supports the active participation of students

Mr. Punit Rasadia, Managing Director of Rajkot based Anlon Lifescience said that the purpose of this day is to create awareness and make people aware of the challenges posed by drug abuse and illicit drugs trafficking throughout the world. Stressing the need on “Listen First”, he said with support and co-operations from all quarters, we can create a drug abuse free society.

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