Happiness without drugs and alcohol
The International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed on the 26th of June, 2015 throughout the world and about 243 million people consisting about 5.2% of the world population aged between 15 to 64 has used illicit drugs. The extent of drugs users and those with drug use disorders is about 27 million.
Considering the world reports in the production, trafficking and abuse of drugs has remained a major challenge and continue to cause social menaces even after declaring a war against the drugs.
One of the reasons responsible for this is the rapid pace of modernization and unprecedented economic development as well as profound social changes has been one of the reasons for the rampant use of controlled substance in Bhutan.
It has been most regretful that as per the National Baseline Survey of 2009 more than 1000 drugs users in 14 Dzongkhags which are primary youths and school going children. The records with the Royal Bhutan Police shows that more than 1200 cases of drugs abuses since the clamp down on the drug started in December 2013.
However with the strong commitment from the government to combat the menace the drug and alcohol addiction by instituting demand and supply reduction policies and programmes. The Narcotics and Psychotrop- ic and Substance Abuse bill 2014 been passed by the National Assembly and due to this there will be a institution of stricter penalties to those who smuggle illicit substance and on the other hand by providing required medical and rehabilitation care to the rug users.
Drug addiction as per the scientific reseach is recognized as a chronic brain disease that requires proper treatment and support. As the addict needs more social support from the society and well wishers it becomes equally important that members in the society plays a vital role in deciding the fate of the recovering addicts.
On the other hand care must be taken to safe guard the interest of the people in the society who gets exploited from drug traffickers and destructors. They are the real perpetrators in the society who destroys our youth for their living. Care must be taken to expose or stop these people who had destroyed the happiness of another family and destroyed the lives of many innocent people.
With the launching of the drug free campaign by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck with the theme “Together we can: Happiness without drugs and alcohol “we hope that we will be able to save some life of our productive citizens. We need support from our parent, teachers, stakeholders and society to handle this menace and together we can.