Say no to drugs: NRI po­lice cre­ate aware­ness in schools

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NRI po­lice sta­tion, in a bid to curb drug and to­bacco abuse, is con­duct­ing sem­i­nars on the harm­ful ef­fects of sub­stance abuse in mu­nic­i­pal and pri­vate schools.

The first such sem­i­nar was held on Wed­nes­day at t he NMMC school num­ber 112 at Karawe along with Heart Foun­da­tion, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing against drug abuse through a pro­ject -PACT (Preven­tion of Abuse of Chil­dren and Teens).

Around 100 stu­dents of Class 9 par­tic­i­pated in the sem­i­nar.

“I have al­ways wanted to teach chil­dren about the dan­gers of con­sum­ing drugs and to­bacco prod­ucts in schools and col­leges. So, we have taken this ini­tia­tive with Heart Foun­da­tion to reach out to the young­sters,” said se­nior in­spec­tor Shekhar Bagde.

“We hope to have such aware­ness pro­grammes for teach­ers, stu­dents and their par­ents. This pro­gramme will be a year-long one,” he said.

“We need to ed­u­cate chil­dren against drug ad­dic­tion and make them re­alise how im­por­tant it is for them to help their friends who are into such habits,” said Jayakar El­lis, founder and pres­i­dent, Heart Foun­da­tion.

“Th­ese days, chil­dren are con­fronted with ad­dic­tion, peer pres­sure, bro­ken homes and pres­sure to per­form. Do­mes­tic sur­round­ings also play a vi­tal role in a child’s life. We plan to con­tinue such pro­grams and help chil­dren tackle their prob­lems with­out giv­ing in to drug abuse,” he said.

“I have been ad­dicted to to­bacco for the past three years but I wanted to quit. I am so happy that I can now work to­wards leav­ing the bad habit,” said a stu­dent who at­tended the sem­i­nar. He was ac­com­pa­nied by three oth­ers who wanted to leave the habit.

“I am happy that such a pro­gramme is hap­pen­ing in our school. Such pro­grammes are the need of the hour,” said Madhuri Narkhede, prin­ci­pal of the school.

The pro­gramme was held un­der the guid­ance of po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan and deputy com­mis­sioner Shahji Umap.

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