KAPURTHALA: Pushpa Gujral Science City, in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra, marked the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse by organizing a special event to raise awareness about the threats of drug abuse. The theme for this year’s celebration was “People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention.” The event was aimed to educate parents on how to care for their children and guide them in a friendly manner.
As part of the program, talented artists from Nehru Yuva Kendra performed a thought-provoking Nukkad Natak (street play). The Nukkad Natak shed light on the alarming issue of drug abuse and emphasized the significance of prevention. It served as a powerful medium to sensitize the audience, particularly the youth, about the detrimental effects of drugs.
Sharing his views at the occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director, Science City, highlighted the gravity of the drug problem, which acts as a major deterrent to humanity and poisons the well-being of our youth. Further, Drug abuse not only poses a threat to individuals but also has severe repercussions on families and society as a whole. He stressed that tackling drug trafficking and drug abuse is a shared responsibility, with both governments and communities playing vital roles. Dr. Grover emphasized the significant contribution that the media can make in raising awareness about the dangers of narcotics.
Dr. Gagandeep Kaur, District Youth Officer, Kapurthala emphasized that the primary objective of this event was to raise awareness about drug abuse and educate the younger generation through Nukkad Natak. Dr. Kaur urged all parents to protect their children from the dangers of drugs and provide them with a safe and supportive environment.