Thrust on building social resistance against drug abuse
RAJSHAHI, Sept 11: A roundtable meeting titled "Our Roles to Stop Drug Abuse" was held in the city on Monday.
Rajshahi Regional Office of Caritas organised the meeting at its conference hall in association with 'Livelihood Improvement through Formation and Education (LIFE)' project.
Speakers at the meeting called for building social resistance against all sorts of drug abuse along with its illegal smuggling and trading to protect people, particularly the young generation, from drug addiction.
They said about 80 per cent of the drug addicts in the country are of the age group between 15 and 35, and so there is no alternative to taking effective steps to check drugs abuse and its illegal trade.
Project Manager of Asakta Punarbashan Sangstha (APS) Abdullah Al Reza said rising crime, health hazards, murder and suicide are the major consequences of drug abuse.
He also said the law enforcing agencies alone are not able to combat the social menace, but the community participation coupled with family and social contribution is urgent to this end.
He urged the community people to extend their wholehearted cooperation towards the law enforcing agencies with authentic information about the drug traders and smugglers so that they could be brought to justice.
Chaired by Caritas Regional Director Sukleash George Costa, the meeting was addressed, among others, by Additional Director of Department of Narcotics Control Zafrullah Kazal, Deputy Director of Department of Social Services Rashedul Kabir, Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat and Executive Director of APS Abul Bashar.