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Anti-drug committees to be formed in all villages of Telangana with help of women SHGs

Students in Hyderabad hold placards at an anti-drug awareness rally on the eve of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Students in Hyderabad hold placards at an anti-drug awareness rally on the eve of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. | Photo credit: NAGARA GOPAL

Establish anti-drug committees in each village Telangana Through the help of women’s self-help groups, Telangana Narcotics Control Bureau (TGNAB) Director Sandeep Shandilya said amid statewide celebrations international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking Wednesday here.

The event held at Shilpakala Vedika attracted at least 2,000 students from various schools and colleges in the state who pledged to become “anti-drug warriors”.

Addressing the audience, Minister of State for Prohibition and Excise Jupally Krishna Rao said, “Earlier, people lived more than 100 years. Now, the life span has reduced to 40-50 years. In this In this case, we can no longer be addicted to drugs. It is a silent killer.

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy asked the government to strictly curb the menace. Anyone involved with drugs will be punished. TGNAB, the tax department and the police are working together on this and this is our biggest concern,” the minister added.

“Many families have been destroyed by drugs and people don’t realize what they are doing while under the influence of drugs. Recently, there have been a number of rape and murder cases involving drugs. We need to address this crisis and ensure that students do not become addicted to drugs.

“The menace of marijuana has penetrated our schools and universities. Officials are taking proactive action at an educational level,” she added.

“We are keeping a close watch on all suppliers and consumers of schools and colleges in the state. Soon, we will be able to finalize the list of suppliers supplying medicines to colleges and arrest them.

Former cricketer Mithali Raj and Telugu actor Teja Sajja also participated in the event and encouraged students to adopt healthy habits and keep an eye out for their peers who may need help.

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