The Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) observed International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day, marked on 26 June, to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.Every year, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime issues the World Drug Report, full of key statistics and factual data obtained through official sources, a science-based approach and research along with practical solutions to address the current world drug problem, and remains committed to attaining a vision of health for all based on science.With the objective of making Chandigarh the Child friendly city, the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights conducted a webinar “Preventing Drug use among children and adolescents” on the issue of Protection of Children from Substance abuse.While addressing the participants, Shri. Manohar Manju, Investigation Officer, NCB, “While evaluating cases on regular basics among children, one of the key drives to substance abuse among children is lack of parental care and access to easy money”.
He further elaborated that schools ought to guide them with their mental and social dilemmas, by putting forth good examples. The session aimed at providing information and the right approach to be adopted by schools in order to promote well being of the children.Chairperson Mrs. Harjinder Kaur in her presidential remarks highlighted, “There has been a worldwide concern regarding effects of COvid-19 lockdown, schools closure leading to unproductive times which can further lead to mental health might make them susceptible to drug use. These sessions are therefore designed to nib the problem at source”.Ms Niti Mohan, Program Coordinator highlighted that,“ CCPCR is constantly trying to utilize school closures to enhance the learning of school principals which will lead to holistic growth of children and reaching our goal of Child friendly Chandigarh”.The webinar was a great success as attended by over 100 principals and teachers who not only participated by engaging in the information provided but also by putting forth queries. The event program coordinated by Ms. Janya Sirohi, CCPCR. The program was attended Mr. Chanchal Singh, Consultant RTE , Mr. Kartar Singh, empaneled consultant CCPCR and Mr. Arvind Senior Assistant.