Use of whiteners as inhalers results in irreversible brain damage resulting in the victim becoming dull, prone to more addiction and becoming a burden to the society.

Youth are now-a-days inventing and abusing new kinds of drugs that are widely available and have not even by recorded as ‘addictive.’ This results not only in easy procurement for the youth but also in doctors not being able to figure out the appropriate treatment for the abuse, the Dean of Madurai Medical College A. Edwin Joe said here on Tuesday.

Addressing a meeting organised by National Cadet Corps, Madurai Group, to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June), he pointed to wide spread abuse of whiteners, available in petty shops, by school students.

Use of whiteners as inhalers results in irreversible brain damage resulting in the victim becoming dull, prone to more addiction and becoming a burden to the society.

Dr. Joe said that to achieve physical and mental strength, the body and mind had to be intact and use of drugs would spoil both.

Speaking earlier, Sanjay Pande, Commander of NCC, Madurai Group, urged the cadets to become an engine for change against not only against drugs but abuse of any kind.

The deviation of students from values, culture and norms must be accepted only if it brought good to the society. Abuse of drugs leads not only to individual deterioration but also affects the family and society at large, added Colonel Sanjay Pande.

Officials from Narcotics Control Bureau also took part in the meet, in which around 200 junior and senior division cadets from various schools and colleges in Madurai took part. The cadets also went on a rally carrying placards displaying messages against drug abuse.

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