Moral education should be taught to students at primary and secondary levels in schools to prevent erosion of social values and ethics further, said M.S. Muthusamy, Superintendent of Police. He was presiding over a workshop on drug eradication held here on Saturday.

Already, our social values, ethos and traditional life style have started eroding. Earlier, moral education had prevented youths to a larger extent from such bad habits. On removal of moral education from schools, younger generation has lost all chances of knowing what was good and what was bad for their physical and mental health. Neither the society nor the present life style taught these things to students. Such a situation was the root cause for all kinds of erosion of social values and ensuing societal disorder. Culture and tradition were also degrading at great pace, he added.

Expressing grave concern over easy availability and accessibility to such habits, Mr. Muthusamy said drugs and liquor use was not only a personal problem but also psychological, cultural, social and economical problem that would lead to decadent of culture. On the personal side, the person will become suspicious and root cause for destruction of his own family. His life span will shrink to 50 years.

Persons, who were addicted to liquor and drugs, would engage only in inhuman activities and ultimately become criminals. Instability of mind alone pushed the man to get addicted to bad habits, he cautioned.

Government would provide only what people wanted. People should not allow social values to get eroded. They should realise what they really want for them, their children and welfare of the society and appeal to the government to provide them, he added.

Joint Director of Health Services T. Jayabal said people were exposed to such bad habits only during adolescent period. Parents should watch them.

More over, bad habits were introduced by friends only. He will face personality disorder also, he warned. Tamil Nadu Health System Project Coordinator A. Asai Thambi and Assistant Commissioner (Excise), T. Lindan Ragunath Joseph spoke.

Ramanathapuram

Coast Guard on Saturday organised a walkathon on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The walkathon, which was started from the Coast Guard Station at Mandapam, ended at Pamban. It went through the fishing hamlets in order to create awareness on drugs and the dangerous consequences of consuming it.

Commandant DS. Saini, Commanding Officer, who inaugurated the rally, said that the aim was to generate awareness against drug abuse and its ill effect on human life. Around 100 personnel took part in it.