The endemic issue of drug abuse is not an isolated problem and it spunks more, the moment an angle of economics gets associated with it. Today, ironically the sellers are the sufferers and sufferers are eventually the sellers or traffickers of this ‘death on wheels’ substances like tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, heroine, LSD and many more. Therefore, along with the intention to limp the supply side of these substances, emphasis should be laid more on the pattern of its usage.
With the same objectivity, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in the divine stewardship of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, under its drug abuse eradication program BODH surveyed Badli area of Delhi having lost its most of the land through government acquisition for the development of Rohini. Badli now has 71% industrial concentration which provides the livelihood of the local residents.
Along with formulation of the teams, various experts were called to train the volunteers on how to develop tools, questionnaires and survey forms for the conduction of surveys. They also shared various do’s and don’ts of direct & indirect interviews, personal meetings, formal and informal interactions for the collection of the correct and appropriate data during the survey.
In the month of August, through sampling techniques like simple random sampling and systematic random sampling methods, surveys have been conducted at communities, schools, colleges and workplaces.
On the first day of the survey, meetings with the villages’ heads, advocates, hospital authorities, workplace owners and school authorities were also conducted and documented to have an overall scenario of the problem of drug abuse within the community. While conducting the surveys, volunteers also prepared their observation sheets individually for the better understanding of the cultural and social belief system of each area so that further activities can be molded given the available cultural and social fabric of the local society for better acceptance and support from each area.
Based on the inclusive model developed for, which is yet to be launched as a part of Bodh Campaign, workshops, mass sensitization programs, activities, meetings, street plays, advocacy sessions, marches, interactive activities will be organized to make Delhi, a drug free state.
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