Young people at higher risk of abusing drugs

Young people at higher risk of abusing drugs
Students availing the HIV screening facility set up by Naga Hospital Kohima at the drug abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness programme held at Sazolie College on September 11.


Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness prog at Sazolie College


Kohima, September 12 (MExN): The Red Ribbon Club (RRC), Sazolie College, Jotsoma, in collaboration with KRIPA Foundation, Kohima, and Naga Hospital, Kohima, conducted a drug abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness programme at the College Auditorium on September 11.


It was stated in a press release that a presentation on HIV/AIDS, its history, the precautions to be taken for prevention and its treatment process was presented by Vikholie Yiese of KRIPA Foundation. Sanjay Yadav, a former drug user, shared his life’s testimony and cautioned the students about the perils of drug abuse.


Stating that young people are at a higher risk of abusing drugs, Ketho Angami, also a former drug user, urged the students to fight peer pressure and rise above the circumstances to fulfil their dreams. He also recounted the bitter experiences faced when he was using drugs and advised the students never to try taking drugs or alcohol even out of curiosity because an individual can be easily trapped in the bad habit.


After the presentations, there was an interactive session where several queries posed by the students were addressed by the speakers. Bendang Imsong of KRIPA Foundation, who chaired the programme, led the students in pronouncing a pledge to abstain from abusing drugs.


In the painting competition held on the themes, ‘Drugs: Don’t start and be smart’ and ‘Don’t let drugs keep you from your dreams’, Weto-ü Kapfo, Sensen Ilang and Limayapang Imsong were awarded the first, second and third prizes, respectively.


The programme was followed by an HIV screening test conducted by the staff of Naga Hospital, Kohima, wherein 26 students came forward to get their blood tested.