PULWAMA — The Kashmir Pulse in collaboration with Pulwama Police organized a seminar on the theme “Drug Addiction and Why It Is Time To Act” at Town Hall Pulwama in the south Kashmir district on Saturday.

The chief guest on the occasion was Showkat Rafiq Wani, DySP Pulwama while the prominent resource persons included Dr. Nisar Wani, Dr. Mudasir Ahmad, Dr. Tanveer Hayat, Aafiqa Ali among others. Also, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Khan and Mr. Ghulam Mohammad Dar, two recently retired policemen were also part of the speakers.

A good number of school students also participated in the programme, especially from Career Care Institute of Education, Newa.

In the welcome address, Sakeena Jabeen, one of the organizers, welcomed the guests and threw light on the different aspects of drug abuse and its impacts on society as a whole.

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The chief guest, Showkat Rafiq Wani, threw light on the deep-rootedness of drug abuse. He stressed that society needs to come forward and take collective responsibility to tackle the problem. He stressed the need to conduct such programmes on a regular basis.

Dr. Nisar Wani delved into the biological aspects and highlighted the need for understanding psychological and legal aspects as well. He stressed the need to impart various life skills to the younger generation so that they easily navigate through the bad phases of life without falling into drug abuse.

Putting the focus on the career goals of young people, Dr. Tanveer Hayat said that the younger generation needs to find their true role models before treading on the path of achieving their dream careers. “This will help them find continued inspiration and not tread the wrong path like the abuse of drugs.

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Dr. Mudasir questioned the easy availability of various drugs in the region and stated that the easy availability of drugs is the main reason behind the increasing menace of drug abuse in the valley.

On the other hand, Aafiqa Ali advocated the setting up of a task force to tackle the menace of drugs and fight it at the grassroots level. She also spoke about the impact of drug addiction on society and the role of parents in curbing the menace through effective communication with their children.

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