KU’s DLL launches course at drug de-addiction centre

SRINAGAR: Directorate of Lifelong Learning, University of Kashmir today launched one month skill development electrician course for those being treated at Police Drug Addiction Centre here today.

The course has been launched in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Police at the centre located at PCR Srinagar.

Launching the course Inspector General of Police G A Mir said that the society has to come out of the “denial mode” and try to give the drugs affected generation their identity.

“We as a society are very insensitive toward various issues like drug menace and that ids the reason that most chunk of our younger generation has been eaten up by such life killing drugs,” IGP told the gathering at Drug De-addiction centre here.

He said “Our younger generations have lot of pressures from all the sides and cannot afford to lose another generation to addictions.”

Highlighting the drug de-addiction services provided by the police, he assured full help to the “people affected by this menace and those who want to get rid of it.”

“I thank KU’s DLL for starting this course at this centre as it was a need of the hour. By this we can now make the patients or inmates as skilled and that will help us in rehabilitating them well,” he added.

Mir said that Drug addiction was emerging as a potent threat to Kashmiri society as it has shown ramifications across all socio-economic levels with youth being a major portion of the affectees.

“Drug addiction is a disease and needs to be tackled in the same way as we do with other diseases,” he said.

He also sought help of imams, leaders, teachers and senior citizens in tackling the menace of drug addiction.

Registrar, University of Kashmir, Prof Zafar A Reshi said that police administration should deal with drug peddlers with an iron hand.

He said there weren’t any credible statistical figures available on the number of drug addicts in Kashmir.

“I think, this is where University’s role comes in. We can provide a detailed research base on this topic which can later help other organisations to implement the recommendations,” he said.

“If police has any Out of box solutions for this issue, I assure, KU will certainly cooperate and help on intellectual lines. I also believe that this menace needs more holistic societal intervention,” he added.

Prof Reshi said that the problem of drug addiction must be accepted by all the people and then only the problem could be eradicated.

“We have to know the root cause of this problem to stop people from using drugs.” he said.

Director, Directorate of Lifelong Learning, KU, Dr GH Mir said that DLL has already taken various measures to reach out to the various stages at society and he called this initiative as another feather in DLL’s cap.

“Their (addicts) confidence level need to promote and their passion toward living in the society need to rejuvenated,” he said.

He emphasized on working together and having integration with each other and all other departments in order to eradicate the menace of drug addiction among people in the state.

“We have to end up the barriers between society and university in order to work more efficiently. It is not only the work of Police to know about drug abuse but all the departments must work jointly and accept it as their duty,” he said.

Dr Muzaffar Khan of the police de-addiction centre, Kashmir said that centre was providing OST (Opioid substitution therapy) to the Opioid abusers and pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions to other substance abusers respectively.

He said there should be a proper MOU between Police and KU for running these courses at the centre.

The Head of Psychiatric Hospital Srinagar Dr. Maqbool and renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Arshad Hussain also spoke on the occasion and suggested some valuable measures in taking this programme to next levels.

Among others, the programme was attended all the Project Officers at DLL Zahoor Akram, Shinera Sajad and Altaf Hussain Zargar Nazir Ganaie and Assistant Registrar, AH Akhoon.

Pertinently according to a survey conducted by a local NGO, which runs a de-addiction centre at old city’s Khanyar area here, Kashmir has around 4,000 female addicts. The survey was conducted under a United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).it claims that, “The situation is alarming as the girls receiving higher education at the university or college level have fallen in the dragnet of drug addiction. Professionals including some medicos feeling frustrated after not getting jobs take to drugs so as to relieve the tension”.

Dr Muzaffar Khan of the police de-addiction centre, Kashmir said that centre was providing OST (Opioid substitution therapy) to the Opioid abusers and pharmacological and non pharmacological interventions to other substance abusers respectively.

He said there should be a proper MOU between Police and KU for running these courses at the centre.

The Head of Psychiatric Hospital Srinagar Dr. Maqbool and renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Arshad Hussain also spoke on the occasion and suggested some valuable measures in taking this programme to next levels.

Among others, the programme was attended all the Project Officers at DLL Zahoor Akram, Shinera Sajad and Altaf Hussain Zargar Nazir Ganaie and Assistant Registrar, AH Akhoon.

Pertinently according to a survey conducted by a local NGO, which runs a de-addiction centre at old city’s Khanyar area here, Kashmir has around 4,000 female addicts. The survey was conducted under a United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).it claims that, “The situation is alarming as the girls receiving higher education at the university or college level have fallen in the dragnet of drug addiction. Professionals including some medicos feeling frustrated after not getting jobs take to drugs so as to relieve the tension”.

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