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GDC Kargil organizes awareness program on substance abuse


GDC Kargil organizes awareness program on substance abuse

Kargil, March 29, 2024: Department of English, Government Degree College Kargil, in collaboration with District Nodal Officer Mental Health, District Society Kargil on Thursday organized an awareness program on substance abuse in the college’s seminar hall.

The event’s key speakers were Dr Fatima Nissa, Nodal Officer District Mental Health Program, Dr Jalil Wani, Block Medical Kargil and Dr Murtaza Ali, Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist.

The program commenced with a formal welcome to the guests with traditional khataqs, presented by Parveen Fatima, Head Department of English.

Dr Fatima Nissa deliberated on causes of substance abuse that have adversely affected society in general and youth in particular.

She further highlighted the malefic consumption of substances such as cannabis, nicotine, cocaine, opium drug, alcohol etc. that has resulted from multiple factors such as parental conflict, poor school climate, poor community bonding and sexual abuse.

Dr Jalil Wani presented his talk on the uses and drawbacks of tobacco. He insisted on strong community bonding and parental assistance to mitigate tobacco consumption among youth. He also emphasized on the collective responsibility of the community to bring awareness and fight the evils of substance abuse.

Dr Murtaza Ali, extensively spoke about the physical, psychological and social dependency of drugs. Some of them are peer pressure and influence of media, to relieve stress, to cope with past emotional and physical trauma and familial disputes.

He further highlighted the consequences of drug abuse in society that result in criminal acts such as drug possession, drug trafficking, theft, robbery and murder.

An interactive session with students followed it. Dr Azra Khatoon, Assistant Professor, Department of English moderated the program while Taira Bano, Assistant Professor Department of English presented vote of thanks. A total of 150 students participated in the program.

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