GUWAHATI, June 30 - The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), Guwahati is launching a dedicated centre for carrying out studies, research and analysis of the current problem of illicit narcotic drugs and addiction in South Asia.
It aims to address a long-felt critical requirement to discuss and engage with the subject of psychoactive substances and addiction issues by undertaking the highest quality of research.
The South Asia Centre for Drugs and Addiction Studies and Research will initiate applied research in substance abuse and various forms of addictions.
The centre is intended to create original research in the area of psychoactive substances including addiction research. It will facilitate an open and objective engagement of innovative ideas across disciplines with a view to enhancing support for effective evidence-based policies to reduce drug-related harm. It will work closely with policymakers, practitioners, academics and students.
The centre will be located in the ADBU�s Azara premises. Unique to the centre will be an interdisciplinary focus involving perspectives from a range of disciplines. A pilot programme which the centre is looking at is an initiative called �Protecting Our Future � substance abuse, education and prevention programmes for schools� to begin with schools across Kamrup district.