SHILLONG, July 07: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma has maintained that simple measures to check and stop the flow of different substances into Meghalaya will not enable the state to combat substance abuse and as such has called upon all stakeholders to come together to fight this menace in society.
Conrad had made this appeal while speaking during the 1st National Conference organized by the Continuing Institute of Nursing Cell, Woodland Institute of Nursing, Shillong in collaboration with St. Anthony’s College, Shillong and Co-sponsored by Chief Minister Youth Development Scheme on the theme “Substance, Suicide and Adolescents: Effects of Substance abuse and Suicide in Adolescents”.
The inaugural programme which was held here on Saturday was also attended by the Principal of North Liberty Higher Secondary School, Richard B. Uriah, the Managing Director, Woodland Institute of Nursing, Dr. W Kharshiing, the Principal of St. Anthony’s College, Brother A. Dkhar, the Principal of Woodland Institute of Nursing, L Kharbangar Das and students.
Conrad meanwhile lauded the Woodland Institute of Nursing and the entire teams for timely conducting the programme to create awareness and sensitize the youth that drugs and alcohol is not the way to get rid of pressure.
“The future of our state, country and global economy is really dependent on how we channelize the energy of our youth,” Conrad had said while adding that the government can only create the policies, infrastructure and facilitate the different ideas, actions and programmes to be taken, but ultimately it is the youth who are going to determine the future of the nation.
Stating that substance abuse has the capacity to channelize all the energy in the wrong direction and also has multiple impacts in the society, Conrad stressed on the need to set up counseling centre and support system for the youth to ensure that whenever young people are faced with any challenge, stress and difficulties in life, they are guided in the right direction.
The conference was organized with an aim to highlight the prevalence of substance abuse and suicide among adolescents and to create awareness on its effects on the society and the youth. The objectives of the conference is to identify the different types of substances and its effect, knowing impact of substance abuse including its prevention, to elaborate concept of peer group pressure, to understand causes of suicidal tendency among the youths, to focus and help the youths with suicidal thoughts and to correlate the relation between substance abuse and suicidal tendencies.
During the programme, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries released a Souvenir of the Woodland Institute of Nursing titled “U Mawmer ka jingjop”.
The topics for the technical session are Substance use and abuse and overview, Medical aspects of substance use, Peer group pressure and adolescents at risk, Impacts of substance abuse in the society and Substance abuse and suicide: where the two intersect, Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substance Act, Suicide among adolescents with substance abuse: prevention and intervention strategies followed by a panel discussion on the theme.