Jain University marks International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with a rally on anti-drug Awareness Rally
The cadets of 7 Karnataka Battalion NCC and NSS Wing, Jain University took up the cudgels against drug abuse and illicit trafficking on June 26th, 2014 to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The cadets took out an anti-drug awareness rally in association with Tilaknagar Police Station for creating awareness about substance abuse and its negative influence on health, society, culture as well as economy. The cadets of Jain University were joined by their counterparts from Vijaya College and together these young crusaders walked through the streets of Bangalore with banners and placards giving the message of stopping drug abuse.
A look at the statistics shows how significant such rallies are. A UNODC report shows that nearly 200 million people all over the world are using illicit drugs. A big chunk of these are teenagers, school and college goers. The commonly abused substances include cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. Besides these, a lot of prescription drugs are also abused and a lot of illegal trafficking of these drugs is happening through India. Reports from the United Nations as well as the Crime Bureau in India clearly state that many of the pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic and psychotic substances continue to be diverted from the Indian industries. These prescription drugs then become a part of the illegal circuits and are trafficked both within and outside India.
However, addiction to drugs is not an irreversible indulgence. Addiction can be controlled and overcome through concentrated therapy. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking this year is meant to give this message. The theme for 2014 is A Message of Hope: Drug Use Disorders are Preventable and Treatable. The rally organized by the NCC Cadets also brought this message to the fore and advised people on ways to get rid of the addiction. The students were encouraged by the presence of Mr. B N Oblesh, ACP, MICO Layout Subdivision. Mr. Oblesh applauded the initiatives being taken by Jain University to address the growing concern on drug abuse. He pointed out that youngsters are more readily lured into the world of substance abuse. “Availability of drugs, accessibility to information for procuring them and affordability in the modern times have made it easier for the young generation to indulge in addictive substances.”
This makes it necessary for more and more young people to spread awareness about drug abuse and ways in which it can be prevented,” he said addressing the rally. Dr. B. T. Venkatesh, Controller of Examinations, Jain University also graced the occasion and enlightened the gathering on the ways in which the Government is trying to curb substance abuse and talked about regulations such as Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) put in place by the Government in 2004. The Act brings within its purview prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution of tobacco products. He expressed his gratitude towards the police officials who took out time from their busy schedules to support the rally.
Dr. B. A. Vasu, Director, School of Commerce Studies described the rally as a conscious effort towards curbing drug abuse and Jain University would continue to support the cause through advocacy and actions.