Even though Shimla is declared as a smoke free city and sale of tobacco products is banned. Yet, substance abuse is becoming rampant amongst youngsters here and the administration has failed to control it," said ABVP joint secretary Atul Sharma
54% of youth in Shimla abuse one or the other type of drug, says a study conducted by YES & Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH)
This is how; a big problem is being observed even within a small lot of citizens. At Shimla, where, despite so many efforts by the police and the government, the menace is rising, with those consuming it. The main reason for this is, rapid increment in the use of tablets and medicines which are easily available, over the counter at medicine shops without prescription. Therefore, working only on the supply side of drugs, is not bringing any noteworthy reduction in its business, rather the government and other NGO’s are focussing on putting roadblock in reducing down the demand side of it.
Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan under its initiative Bodh the drug abuse eradication program under the guidance of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, head and founder, initiated its part of contribution, by conducting a two day workshop under the organizations’ self developed ‘Say No’ Advocacy Workshops. In this very regard, on the 5th and 6th of this month, workshops were conducted at Government Girls Senior Secondary School for the 6th-8th batch and 9th-12th batch along with some prominent teachers and management. Students took part into it enthusiastically and understood the various concepts that Sd. Rukmani Bharti Ji, disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji and also the branch coordinator of Shimla Branch Office of DJJS, who delivered and demonstrated before them with the help of numerous educative and informative presentations. She also conducted some quiz sessions in between, in order to keep the interests of the target group intact, having their level of understanding accessible to the maximum.
As per the local studies done on the extent and pattern of drug abuse in shimla, primarily, reasons, such as, peer pressure (64.8% in government schools and 70.5% in private institutions), emotional stress and rising expectations of parents are adding fuel to this problem.
On 29 June, in an event, chief minister, Shimla, Mr.Vir Bhadra Singh said, 'Around 900 cases registered under drugs act in the last few months is setting the state in an alarming rate. If this continues, then, that day is not far when Shimla would be known not for its fruits but for the no. of addicts it has, bearing its fruits to drug abuse'.
Bodh, through keen observation and keeping researches into consideration, has taken its initiative in reaching out to various schools, colleges and other workplaces through its ‘Say No’ Advocacy Sessions, so as to ensure a robust prevention of the young brigades of the state. Many more programs are lined up, to be conducted at both schools and colleges where along with students, teachers, Authorities and parents will be called in making the efforts all inclusive.
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’. DJJS is working towards social reformation and welfare of the communities, through its network of branches spread across the globe. 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.