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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (ANK)
Mangaluru, Aug 19: Deputy commissioner Dr KV Rajendra inaugurated an awareness programme on ‘Drug use and abuse - Role of youth in ensuring health and dignity’ organized by Dr M V Shetty Institute of Professional Sciences and Management at its auditorium on Friday August 19.
Addressing the gathering, Dr K V Rajendra said, “I thank the college management for conducting such an awareness programme on drugs. Youth are the synonyms of change, progress and future. Youths are the agents of social change in the society as you need to work hard and be committed towards contribution to the society.
“Drug is an enemy of hope and future which affects the mental health, destabilizes the family, immediate surroundings and turns out to be an anti-social element. Among 100 crimes, more than 90% of them are committed under the influence of substance. I urge students to come forward to report to competent authorities regarding substance abuse. Youths should be the eyes and ears of the administration so that we can take swift action on the perpetrators and peddlers.
“Youths are the brand ambassadors of the nation. Have good friends. Having bad friends, leads to damage. Today, when you have social media, a changed circulation pattern, there will be distractions where you need to show more grit and determination. If you work hard for the upliftment of your family, then itself it is called nation building. Have healthy distraction by getting yourself involved in sports, hobbies, extracurricular activities.
“The way of life is not as you see in movies by smoking, consuming alcohol and calling yourselves heroes. Instead, be a hero while following small things such as following traffic rules and helping senior citizens. There is nothing wrong to be greedy for the growth of your family, but it should be within the boundaries. Do not fall to a trap of bad friends. Once you get into substance abuse, it is difficult to come out of it. So during initial stages, make sure that you come out of substance abuse,” said Dr K V Rajendra.
Trustee of Dr MV Shetty memorial trust, Dr Ranjit Shetty said, “Everyone needs awareness on drugs as this is a crucial period of youth where they can be misled. Choose friends wisely, have a hobby and be surrounded with good mentors. Extracurricular activities are very important where it develops social skills.”
Chairperson Dr MV Shetty memorial trust Dr Hima Urmila Shetty said, “Students need to grab the opportunities by taking part in extracurricular activities that the college offers.”
After the formal function, two sessions will be conducted by medical director of Dr A V Baliga Memorial Hospital Udupi, Dr PV Bhandary on ‘Drug use among youths – Risk factors and repercussions’, and counsellor of department of Psychiatry K S Hegde Medical Academy Deralakatte, Suman Pinto on ‘Combating drug use – Alertness and avoidance’.
Director of Academics, Dr MV Shetty Group of Colleges Dr Suma S Rai welcomed the gathering, associate professor and programme coordinator Swapna Shetty proposed the vote of thanks, and lecturer of department of Social Work Rashmitha Veigas compered the event.