The Lunglei battalion of the 23 Sector Assam Rifles organized a lecture cum awareness programmes on the anti-drug campaign for school students of Tipa in Mizoram’s Siaha district.

The awareness programmes were organized at the New Light School and the Government Higher Secondary School at Tipa.

About 70 students and 12 teachers participated in the awareness programme, during which they were apprised of the harmful effects of drugs and the counter measures being taken to tackle the drug menace in the state.

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A considerable number of youngsters are getting hooked to drug abuse in Mizoram.

The Assam Rifles in collaboration with the state police and different departments concerned has been conducting different operations to prevent the smuggling of drugs.

Cross-border smuggling of drugs along the Indo-Myanmar international border is a huge problem.

Mizoram in the past few years has emerged as a major drug trafficking route because of its proximity to the Golden Triangle.

The Golden Triangle refers to the area where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet and is Southeast Asia’s main opium-producing region.

It is also one of the oldest routes taken by drug suppliers to supply narcotics to Europe and North America.

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