Drug addiction more dangerous than COVID, says NTR district collector

Educational institutions should use psychologists to counsel students: Dilli Rao

Educational institutions should use psychologists to counsel students: Dilli Rao

Drug addiction among young people has become one of the biggest threats to society and it is more dangerous than the novel coronavirus, NTR District Collector S. Dilli Rao said.

Mr Rao was speaking at the ‘Choose Life’ symposium organized by the Indian Red Cross District Chapter on the eve of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Academy auditorium Siddhartha here on Saturday.

He said ganja consumption was highest in Visakhapatnam, West Godavari and NTR districts of the state. “Previously, drug abuse and addiction were seen in students, but now it is found in 15-year-olds. The habit starts with tasting the drug and ends up being completely unable to live without it. It destroys lives,” Mr. Rao said.

He said schools and colleges should appoint psychologists and counsel students. He asked students to report any sale or use of drugs to the toll-free number 14500.

MLC KS Lakshman Rao, IRCS District Chairman Dr. G. Samaram, Deputy Police Commissioner Venkata Ratnam, Superintendent of Excise and Prohibition T. Showry, District A Legal Services Authority Secretary Padma, psychiatrist Dr Vijaya Lakshmi, students from PB Siddhartha College of Arts and Sciences, Government Polytechnic and PSCMR College of Engineering and Technology were present.

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