Kerala

Students’ role in ending drug abuse stressed

United fight:Students attending an awareness class on drug abuse organised in connection with the inauguration of Velicham, a campaign against drug abuse, in Kollam on Saturday.  

City Police Commissioner P. Prakash has said that the drug cartel active in the State is mainly targeting students and youth, and the support and cooperation of the student community is vital in tackling the menace.

Mr. Prakash was addressing students at Government Higher Secondary School, Anchalumoodu, here on Saturday after inaugurating Velicham, a campaign against drug abuse launched by the Confederation of Consumer Vigilance Centre (CCVC).

Maintain vigil

He said drug abuse by students was alarming and school PTAs and students should maintain utmost vigil against it. The police targeted the drug peddlers and not the students who used such substances, he said.

“So the students need not be wary about giving information to the police.” He told the students that if they came across fellow students using drugs they should inform the school authorities.

The police or the CCVC could also be informed. The Student Police Cadet volunteers should take the lead in that.

Mr. Prakash said that police would take steps to list and detain drug peddlers under the Kerala Anti-Social Activities (Prevention) Act.

CCVC district president, Rajesh Thrikattil said that the campaign would be taken forward through street plays too. The first play in this connection, Nurayunna Lehari, Kozhiyunna Jeevitham, would be launched this month. Mr. Prakash honoured the five actors of the street play.

School PTA president Venu Gopal presided.


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