Maharashtra has highest no of registered drug addicts
Times of India, Mar 10, 2010
Being the second largest populated state of India, Maharashtra has also considerately earned one more title, which constitutes the largest no. of addicts registered for de-addiction. On one hand, accommodating Mumbai, categorized as the most glamorous city in India, the state's other hand is pitched-black with the confiscation of drug contrabands every now and then. This is one side of the story where obligation can be shouldered to police’ lethargy, lacunas in the existing laws, lenient attitude shown for the implementation of the laws made and unnatural and rapid urbanization of the state. But, with respect to its longterm solution, roping in political pressures, social activism and media coverages, the demand and united voice for the same cause in banning such products can be upraised and out spoken aloud.
But, the other side is more horrific, where gateway drugs like tobacco which is tragically declared legal, is contributing for 42% of usage quota amongst the total drug abuse in Maharashtra. Moreover, laws made in order for regulating the consumption of such are also very feeble and negligibly remain unchecked most of the times that even a 5 year old child can get it anywhere in the state very easily.
It is therefore threatening the entire existence of humanity since studies say that those who start abusing drugs at their early stages of life are the people who continue it till the last. Adolescents and teenage population, being the most unguided is highly susceptible for incidences of experimentation with drugs, urbanization and culture of aping western countries and it is further adding fuel to the fire. Therefore, in the state like Maharashtra, interventions need to be made and implied in order to bring down the emergence of new cases in the world of drug abuse and impede the physical and mental dependence of the users towards drugs. Therefore in light of the same, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan under its drug abuse eradication program Bodh has started a yearlong campaign named ‘UTTHAAN’ for the prevention of drug abuse amongst youth and promotion of healthy life style amongst drug users.
Under the same, training workshops are extensively held in Amravati, Chakan, Latur, Mumbai, Pathardi and Nagpur under the banner of ‘BODH KAKSHA’ of Bodh the Drug Abuse Eradication Program. In the divine guidance of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, the head and founder of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, more than 250 volunteers were trained on the various concepts, issues and psychology relating to the subject of the campaign.
In the upcoming months, these trained volunteers will conduct surveys in their respective selected communities, educational institutions and workplaces. For any info you can visit our website www.djjs.org/bodh or you can drop a mail to us at [email protected]
About the Project
Bodh- the drug abuse eradication program of DJJS, works for the elimination of drug abuse and eradication of drug demand through ‘Dhyan Therapy’ , thereby transforming the drug afflicted society into an abuse free society ; where people are mentally, emotionally and spiritually strong to safeguard themselves and the society against drug addiction and substance abuse.
About the Organization
Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan is a multi-faceted socio-spiritual organization, founded and headed by His holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji to actualize the vision of ‘Global Peace, through Self- Awakening’. On social front, its primary focus remains on gender, health, education, environment, drug-abuse eradication, bovine conservation and empowerment of persons with disabilities and the prisoners.