The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) will soon appoint a reformed addict as the brand ambassador of the anti-drug campaign, Drug-Free Uttarakhand. The reformed addicts who have been the victim of substance abuse and yet, managed to change their lives will surely inspire other addicts across the State too. This was stated by SCPCR chief Usha Negi on a one-day workshop of the Drug-Free Uttarakhand campaign where students of various universities and colleges were invited by the commission.
Key speaker at the workshop, Yogesh Thapa, a former victim of substance abuse said that he started doing drugs as a hobby but it damaged his life and it took a considerable amount of time for him to recover from this addiction. Another guest Ranjita said that she was once addicted to drugs as her family also has an addiction history but now she has made full recovery and is currently pursuing post graduation. Usha Negi said that the commission has invited these drug survivors as guests so that others can know that it is possible to make full recovery. Many students opined that children in slums are easily approachable by drug dealers and they are more susceptible to become the victim of substance abuse too.
On this, Negi said that the commission will start an anti-drug awareness campaign to raise awareness among the residents of the slum areas. Meanwhile, Negi also held that the commission received many valuable suggestions from students and guests of the event and soon, all these recommendations will be sent to the Central Government and Uttarakhand Government for consideration.
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun