Rodrigues calls for collective action to fight drug addiction

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Chandigarh, Apr 2 (UNI) Expressing concern over the alarming increase in drug abuse especially among youth, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen (Retd) SF Rodrigues impressed upon the educationists, members of medical fraternity and social activists to join hands for tackling this social evil.

In his key note address at a seminar on adolescent drug de-addiction, jointly organised by the Education Department of Chandigarh Administration and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), here today, Gen Rodrigues emphasised the need of collective action by the community as a whole to check drug abuse by adopting multi-prolonged supportive strategies at different levels, including education, actual preventive and therapeutic treatment, training and the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

"Suitable programmes must be adopted by combing all these components to get purposeful results," he said.

"Besides generating awareness and counseling of drug addicts, there is a need of bringing them into the main stream by giving them vocational training and rehabilitation in productive ventures," Gen Rodrigues said.

Strongly pleading for collective and concerted efforts for prioritising the areas of focus in child care, he said "We have to work together for expanding our reach to all sections of society, especially the disadvantaged to ensure the healthy growth of children and their protection from abuse." "The Chandigarh Administration has already given practical shape to various programmes, including steps against child abuse and their suitable rehabilitation for leading a purposeful and progressive life." "The Administration have already started construction work on three homes, one for mentally retarded children, another for crippled and the third for street children of 1,000 capacity each with required support structure." "Let your compassion, interest, time and energy be manifest for translating all these programmes into action-oriented endeavour," he said.

A large number of social activists, educationists, philanthropists and opinion leaders from different walks of life participated in the seminar.

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