Gangtok, 26th June:
This Year’s Theme of the World Anti-Drug Day is “Think Health, Not Drugs”. Sikkim capital Gangtok observed this day on Sunday with a series of events to create awareness about illicit trafficking and social dangers of drugs. Children, adolescents and youth are most vulnerable to drug’s abuse. This situation has an adverse impact on family considering the demographic changes that have taken place over period of time.
The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed in the national capital New Delhi as well. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said on this occasion that 416 Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts are operating in the country.
In Sikkim various local organization and NGOs like Jagriti Integrated Rehabilitation Centre, Drishya Rehabilitation Centre, Sikkim Network of Positive People, Run and Recovering User’s Network, observed the World Anti-Drug Day in the hot spot of capital MG Marg under the theme of “Life Does not Rewind”, supported by the Sadar Thana Police. Sikkim State Aids Control Society was the campaign partner.
The day started with the marathon run, the route starting from MG Marg passing through Zero Point, Bhanu Path, Tibet Road and then returned to MG Marg, the marathon was flagged off by GMC Mayor, KN Topgay who was accompanied by the Deputy Mayor, Shakti Singh.
During the marathon route, total of 263 participants took the part. The day also had a street play, weight lifting body show and dance performed by the local students where the winner’s prizes were sponsored by Sikkim Police Department.
It was informed, that the organizers were trying to educate people about drugs and to spread awareness and advertise the services of rehabilitation centers to drug users and their families. Marking the day, Sikkim Body Building Association also took out a rally starting from Old Bansilal Petrol Pump passing through Sadar Thana, Tibet road, Zero Point.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Mail)