PGI to tie up with schools to check drug abuse

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Chandigarh, Nov 22 (UNI) A Nodal Committee of the PGIMER formed for checking drug abuse in and around the Union Territory has advocated a concerted and systematic structured programme between the the education sector, especially at the school level, and the PGIMER.

It has been decuded that the Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre of PGIMER would give training to identified key persons, teachers and school counsellors from various government and private schools in this area. Also, educational activities will be implemented to make the students aware of the mance and dangers of drugs.

Similarly, training activities will be undertaken for the Anganwari and other health workers in the community in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services of the Chandigarh administration.

Collaborative activities will also be undertaken with Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) and Police departments of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana.

These decisions were taken at the meeting of the Nodal Committee 'Road Map' held here today. The meeting was chaired by Prof K K Talwar, Director, PGIMER and attended by the Nodal Committee members from the sectors of health, education, police, custom and NGO.

In this meeting, a detailed background document which was earlier prepared by Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER was examined and further inputs were received from the Nodal Committee.

The purpose of this document is threefold-- first, an appraisal of the situation, including magnitude of the problem and the unmet needs; second, an inventory of the various multi-disciplinary resources available to combat the problem; and third, underpinning the 'priority action areas'.

The document starts with a broad basic overview of the problem and challenge of drug abuse and different ways of meeting the challenge. This is followed by other sections focused specifically on the local scenario-- epidemiology, resources, action areas and an appendix with several published recent scientific literature relevant to this document.

Keeping in view the multi-faceted nature of the group, the document is written in a non-technical language mostly avoiding medical jargons, other than the appended material.

It was decided that after further refinement, this valuable document should be sent to the Government of Punjab and the UT Chandigarh administration and other neighbouring states for circulation and information. Urgent need to take appropriate action as outlined in this document would be stressed.

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