Jammu Dir School Edu sensitises 40k students on drug de-addiction

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Nearly 40,000 students have been sensitized on the Drug de-addiction during a panel discussion organised by the Directorate of School Education, Jammu as a part of month-long campaign on ‘Nasha Mukt J&K Abhiyaan’.

The discussion was held under the guidance and supervision of School Education Jammu, Director, Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma and Counselling Cell, DSEJ.

SSP ANTF J&K, Vinay Kumar Sharma, Dr Abhishek Chowhan, Psychiatrist GMC Jammu, Jasmeen Kaurn, Clinical Psychologist, and Dr Romesh Kumar, Head Counselling Cell,DSEJ were the Panelists for the programme.

In the discussions the speakers unequivocally stressed upon the need for creating awareness regarding drugs abuse, their long term harmful effects on physical and mental health especially among students, Counselling and de-addiction mechanisms so that they can prevent themselves from its menace.

Joint Director JKS, Subha Mehta stressed upon the need and importance of creating awareness on drug abuse among the students.

She emphasized the role of teachers as most prominent in the campaign and appreciated the counseling cell, DSEJ for their tireless efforts in creating awareness among students, teachers and other stakeholders.

SSP Vinay Kumar Sharma highlighted the role of police in curbing this menace, mechanism being followed by police Department, Course of punishment in case of selling and consumption of drugs, and NDPS Act.

He further advocated that the problem can completely be eradicated only by combined effort of all members of society.

Dr. Romesh Kumar, Head counseling cell, DSEJ discussed different interventions that are already being implemented at schools like implementation of TOFEI guidelines, constitution of Prahari clubs in all Govt. HS/HSS and also about counseling resource rooms in all schools of Jammu Division.

He appealed for positive engagement of the students (games, sports, yoga etc i) so as to channelize their energy and take care of their mental health.

Dr. Abhishek Chauhan discussed various types of drugs, signs and symptoms of a drug addict, harmful effects of drug intake on physical and mental health and the type of treatments available.

He further added that drugs can prove to be a gateway for many terminal and deadly diseases.

Jasmeen Kour discussed the various causes of drug addiction, role of a counsellor in drug de-addiction and various therapies that are being used.