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Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi was of the view that the menace of drug abuse is one of the most challenging issues we face today.

“It has wide-ranging impacts on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, as well as on the security and sustainable development of nations,” said Prof Mukhi while attending a programme titled Mukti – an Anti Drug Campaign to generate awareness against drug abuse held at Mama Margret Hall in Don Bosco School, of Guwahati.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the menace of drug abuse is one of the most challenging issues the society faces today.

It has wide-ranging impacts on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, as well as on the security and sustainable development of nations.

Therefore, preventing and addressing drug abuse challenges in all their complexity is essential to deliver on fundamental global pledge, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals: ‘to leave no one behind’.

Prof Mukhi also said that the students fail to realize that the consumption of drugs has a severe impact on their physical and mental health, such as they start experiencing mental disorder, their intelligence level decreases, experience deadly diseases and untimely death.

Prof Mukhi further stressed that the government agencies should own the responsibility and play a key role in reducing the availability of drugs so that the youths do not have an access to them.

The government with its men and machinery should work to combat the menace of drugs.

He also stressed that ample care should be taken from the families to read the behaviour of the children.

Parents should encourage discussion and create an environment where their wards feel free to discuss on any issues.

The Governor lauded the efforts of Rotaract Club of Guwahati Luit for organising Mukti campaign in the memory of Late Justice Dr B P Saraf which is aimed atencouraging the society to stand against  drug abuse and reach out to the masses for spreading awareness about the drug addiction.

Judges of Gauhati High Court Justice A M Bujor Barua and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, Joint Commissioner of Police Devraj Upadhaya, Principal of Don Bosco High School Fr Sebastian Mathew, Bureau Chief of Rashtra Sahara Prashant Sharan, Chairman of Mukti Shivam Saraf among others also spoke on the evil effects of drugs and urged upon the group of students present there to create shield against the drug menace.

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