Mangaluru, June 26, 2018: Indian Coast Guard observed the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June 2018with this year’s theme of "Listen First - Listening to Children and Youth is the First Step to help them Grow Healthy and Safe"with the participation of local dignitaries, Coast Guard officers, men in uniform and civilian employees at its Headquarters, Panambur, New Mangalore today.
A workshop on the occasion was organized for spreading awareness against the ill effect of the Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The event started with lighting of lamp by Dr Vrinda Bhat Kamath, Professor & Head Forensic Medicine from Srinivas Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre and Dr Sharath Kumar Rao J, MD Pathology from Wenlock District Hospital in the presence of DIG SS Dasila, TM, the Commander Coast Guard Karnataka.
Dr Vrinda highlighted that today’s children and youth are facing challenges and stressed up in their day today life which is exposing them to potential risk of drug abuse. She said same can be tended at an early age by providing good family support, spending quality time with the kids and being the ideal role model for them to follow. Communication can always avert major tragedies including drug abuse she added. Dr Vrinda impressed on the philosophy of “Listen first” to fight against the Drug Abuse among Children.
In his address the Commander Coast Guard Karnataka stressed upon building up strong bond between the children and parents. Based on listening to them and showing cared approach can thwart the risky behaviour of drug abuse. He said even spending a small amount of time each day with complete attention to child and youth will build up a great relationship to overcome the challenges in life of journey.
Surg Lt KV Harish also delivered talk on introduction to drug abuse, basic principles of prevention, classification of substance abuse and drugs of substance abuse. R Singh, Sub-ordinate Officer spoke on Drug Scenario around the world and illicit trafficking. Commandant RK Sharma spoke on genesis of International Drugs Day.
The similar events have also been conducted at other Coast Guard units at Karwar and Bengaluru.