Shop­keep­ers sen­si­tized on sub­stance abuse in Trongsa

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Sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop cum meet­ing on sub­stance abuse and preven­tion for the mi­cro li­cense hold­ers and the own­ers of en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres of Bumthang and Trongsa or­ga­nized by Bhutan Nar­cotic Con­trol Author­ity in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Royal Bhutan Police at Sherubling Cen­tre School last Wed­nes­day.

The Di­rec­tor –Gen­eral for BNCA Phuntsho Wangdi, said, “The im­por­tance of sen­si­ti­za­tion and sub­stance use and preven­tion is im­por­tant be­cause of sub­stances, many prob­lems are faced within the fam­ily, friends and in the so­ci­ety and over all it has be­came a main con­cern for the coun­try.”

He men­tioned that in Thim­phu while check­ing BNCA found out about 500 Pan Shops sell­ing con­trolled sub­stances and even gar­ments shops and gro­cery shops sell­ing the same. Whereas in Trongsa not a sin­gle shop was found sell­ing the con­trolled sub­stances and may be due to small com­mu­nity and the shop­keep­ers might have re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion be­fore check­ing.

“Be­cause of in­crease in the sup­ply of con­trolled sub­stances, the num­bers of sup­pli­ers and bars are in­creas­ing daily in the coun­try,” he said. He also added that “You are al­lowed to spoil your­self but it is im­por­tant to stop spoil­ing oth­ers.”

“The per­son who is ad­dicted to any sub­stances or al­cholic the per­son will not have any peace in the so­ci­ety and in his own mind. I am much con­cern about the peo­ple, it is bet­ter to brek our hands and legs in­steated of be­com­ing ad­dicted to sub­stances,” he said.

The sub­stances used most promi­nently in the coun­try are mar­i­juana, heroin and brown sugar. As of now no record of brown sugar has been de­tected in Trongsa but 5% of class 8-9 stu­dent’s drink daily and 23% of boys and girls use to­baco.

Lt.Col Sonam Goen­z­ing, Su­per­in­ten­dent of Police from Nar­cotic Drugs said, they came to ex­change and share ex­pe­ri­ence to Trongsa about how many peo­ple are caught and pun­ished in the coun­try so far ac­cord­ing to the ex­ist­ing laws..

First drug case was de­tected on 26th June 1989 and two men were ar­rested. Om 22nd May 2011 first brown sugar case was re­ported.

Out of the 1452 cases of ar­rests made so far, the high­est num­ber of 473 is from Ch­hukha Dzongkhag fol­lowed by 395 ar­rested from Thim­phu. The gen­der and age wise ar­rested below the age of 18 years is 101 which is about 6.96% and from 18-24 years is 711 which is about 8.97%. Out of 1452, 210 were stu­dents and 20 were tourist guide.

Lt.Col also said, “Bhumthang and Trongsa is the most fa­mous holy place and least num­ber of peo­ple ar­rested be­fore it is too late it is very im­por­tant to give sen­si­ti­za­tion to the peo­ple.”

Sonam Jamt­sho (coun­cilor), BNCA said, “We are try­ing to stop de­mand if we stop de­mand ob­tusely sup­plier will stop. Our ways is to give ad­vice and treat­ment to the ad­dicted peo­ple.”

There are two treat­ment cen­tres in Bhutan, one at Sat­sham chorten in Paro and another in Ser­bithang in Thim­phu. In Paro only the men are treated and in Ser­bithang both sexes are treated. Drop-In cen­tre for Drugs & al­co­hol de­pen­dence pro­vides mo­ti­va­tion, coun­sel­ing and re­fer­ral ser­vice to the ad­dicted per­sons, reaches out and pro­vides early in­ter­ven­tion, and pro­vides a place to con­duct self help group meet­ings such as nar­cotics anony­mous and al­co­hol anony­mous.

At Trongsa hos­pi­tal doc­tors are also trained by BNCA to give detox­i­fi­ca­tion. “If the ad­dicted peo­ple are treated in hos­pi­tal the treat­ment is free and if they treat at Drop-in Cen­tre, in Paro , then a sum of Nu. 5000 will be charged and in Thim­phu it is Nu. 3000 for a month and the du­ra­tion is for three month,” said Sonam Jamt­sho.

He also said, “We are try­ing to make free of sub­stances be­cause usu­ally the sub­stances are made in other coun­tries and we the Bhutanese are spend­ing unesser­ily im­port­ing un­wanted sub­stances. If we use that money in an ef­fic­tive way it will be help­ful to our coun­try and the peo­ple.”

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