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�Concerted efforts needed to eradicate�

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, June 27 - A concerted effort is needed to eradicate the menace of drugs from the society. This was the gist of the speeches of various speakers in the meeting organised by the Mahkuma Prohibition Committee of Hailakandi under the State Anti-Drugs & Prohibition Council on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Public Higher Secondary School here on Sunday. The theme of the day was �listen first�.

The meeting, presided over by the principal of the school, Sirajul Islam Majharbhuiya was addressed by the Joint Director of Health Services, Dr. Umesh Chandra Phangchu, Dr Dhruba Hatibaruah, journalist Sankar Choudhury, Nurul Hussain Mazumdar, Sudipta Biswas, Madhavi Sarma, Lalmohan Das, Principal of Monacherra High School, Maskandar Ali Laskar, prohibition organiser Manjir Ali Barbhuiya among others. They elaborately discussed about the purpose of the day and urged the people to be vigilant regarding the drug abuse and trafficking.

Dr Phangchu in his speech explained the bad effects of drugs and said that twelve cases of suicide were recorded for post mortem in Hailakandi in the last one month and addiction was one of the major reasons of suicide.

Retired school teacher Lalmohan Das alleged that there is no positive response from the government agencies regarding the implementation of laws related to prohibition and drug trafficking and requested the government machineries to seek the cooperation of people belonging to various walks of life. Various speakers also suggested the launching of massive awareness campaigns to educate the people regarding the bad effects of the consumption of liquor and use of drugs. They also discussed about the provisions of various laws related to illicit trafficking of drugs.

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