Unique initiative by West Division police holds Navachethana programme in educating and de-addiction of substance users

Pramesh S Jain.Yogesh K Porwar

Taking a step further on the city police “War against drugs”,approach,the West Division police on Monday launched awareness and de- addiction program for the substance users.

The event was held in Byadarahalli police station on Monday and 83 persons,who had previously used substances (mainly ganja), took part in the programme.

DCP (West),Dr Sanjeev M Patil,who presided over the event,ACPs,as, Nanjundegowda,UD Krishna Kumar,PIs,as,A Rajeev,GT Sreenivas,Erreswamy was too present Sanjeev Patil said,We have initiated full medical check-up followed by weekly monitoring of these persons.

One nodal officer from each station will look into the progress made by each.After three months, if we find anyone totally free from drug abuse,he will be made an ambassador for the subsequent editions of the programs organised in future.

Officials of BBMP health department have supported the initiative and have offered their psychiatrist and psychologist help.

Byadarahalli police station will soon have a permanent BBMP counselling center soon.We have made a small beginning to help drug addicts to turn away from substance abuse. It will be a continuous process of assistance for the people who join the programme,Mr. Patil said.

According to a senior police officer the basic idea is to cut the chain of demand and supply and also helps the addicted youth to recover and get them into mainstream.

Dr.Divya G held interactive session for the audience and spoke at great length ill effect of drug addiction and usage,measures for de-addiction


and support from the system .