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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

26 June, 2024

On the 26th of June, the world observes the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a United Nations initiative aimed at raising awareness about the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day serves as a reminder of the global effort needed to combat the issues of drug abuse and illegal drug trade.

In honor of this day, Mr. Nitish Gavhal, the Assistant Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), along with his dedicated team, conducted an informative session at Don Bosco High School. The session was designed to educate students on the severe consequences of drug use, emphasizing that even a few moments of temporary pleasure can lead to a lifetime of suffering or even death.

The session commenced with the NCB anthem, "Nasha Mukt Bharat" (Drug-Free India), setting a tone of commitment and resolve towards eradicating drug abuse. Mr. Gavhal and his team highlighted the importance of saying "No" to drugs and choosing a healthy, fulfilling life over the devastating path of addiction.

Drug abuse is defined as the consumption of substances that alter mood, behaviour, or neuro-motor functions, leading to addiction and various health risks. These substances can be categorized into three types:

• Natural: Derived from plants (e.g., marijuana, opium).
• Semi-synthetic: Chemically modified natural substances (e.g., heroin).
• Synthetic: Completely man-made substances (e.g., methamphetamine, ecstasy).

The session also shed light on the high-risk groups more susceptible to drug abuse, including tourists, transport workers, students, and teenagers. These groups are often targeted due to their vulnerability and social environments.

The key message imparted by Mr. Gavhal was clear: to combat the drug menace, it is crucial to educate and empower individuals, especially the youth, to make informed choices. By saying "Yes" to life and "No" to drugs, we can work towards a healthier, safer, and drug-free society.

Assistant Director of NCB, Goa , Mr Nitish Gavhal, and his team's efforts in spreading awareness and educating the youth are commendable steps towards achieving the vision of a "Nasha Mukt Bharat."