Pubdate: Mon, 26 Jun 2006
Source: Hindustan Times (India)
Copyright: 2006, Hindustan Times Ltd.


SEMINARS AND symposia were held to mark the International Day against 
Drug Abuse & Illicit Drug Trafficking on June 26.

Speaking at a seminar held at IMA, IMA president SK Gupta said that 
the misuse of drugs has now become a big problem for society. People 
should try and keep others aware of the adverse effects of drug products.

Psychiatrist Dr Unnati Kumar talked about the problems regarding the 
misuse of drugs. Kumar further said that there is alarming growth in 
drug abuse cases in the last decade. Synthetic drugs like cocaine, 
sleeping pills are more prevalent than natural drugs like tobacco, liquor.

According to United Nation Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) drug abuse 
and illegal trade is continuously growing. About 14% people are 
addicted. Now six out of 10 students are addicts of tobacco and 
liquor. Even 25% medical students are misusing liquor and medicines. 
IMA secretary UC Sinha conducted the program.Meanwhile, Hasrat Mohani 
Hospital De-addiction cum Rehabilitation center organised a seminar 
on the international anti-drugs day on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Vrandavan, project director of the 
de-addiction centre, said the young generation is continuously 
growing towards the addiction of drugs. A large number of people are 
using smack and injecting drugs.
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