International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2021 observation by IPS, Manipur state branch
CoNE, Manipur president Nalinikanta Rajkumar expressed his concern that drugs are easily available and at cheaper rates, leading to exponential increase in the number of drug users.
CoNE president stressed on the need of providing medical attention instead of criminalising drug users in Manipur.
The event was organised by District Legal Services Authority (DSLA), Imphal West in collaboration with Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) under the aegis of Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MASLSA).
The decision to this effect was arrived at during a discussion cum consultation meeting convened at the premises of Lamjing Meira, SUDTC, Kakching following complaints of irregularities and malpractices perpetrated by the centre in the name of rehabilitating drug users of Manipur.
The patient, a drug user who tested positive for Coronavirus during a mass COVID-19 testing camp for drug users in Imphal, was found missing on Tuesday.
IFP IMPACT: Around 50 drug users were targeted to be tested for COVID-19. However, only 29 men and four women turned up for the camp.
In Manipur, the trend of forceful admission of a person to private de-addiction centres, citing addiction to drugs, by picking them up arbitrarily has become a new normal nowadays.
As the OST centres in Ukhrul district of Manipur face acute shortage of therapy medicines, patients often have to compromise on prescribed doses of the medicine.
Three civil bodies of Manipur have decided to host a 15-day-long free detoxification camp at Spiritual Harbour, Sekmai Nongthonban, Imphal West from March 26.
The Social Welfare department on Saturday started providing training on counseling and resource mobilisation on combating psychoactive substance abuse under the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.
The Manipur Students Federation claimed that majority of new drug users in the state are between the age group of 13 to 18.
More than 20 drug users of different age groups, who were caught red-handed by the volunteers of the joint committee from Sora area before the launching of the campaign, attended the event.
There are around 34,355 injecting drug users in the state as per the survey conducted by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry in the year 2019.
Exclusive COVID-19 treatment centres for drug users were also demanded by NGOs.
The programme was organised by Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) and supported by Coalition Plus.
The Thadou Students Association appealed to the people in medical professionals to maintain decorum and caution while dealing with such cases for there is stigma attached to former drug users.
The present generation of the state may become ruined if the state government does not deal with the issue with dedication, commitment and sincerity, it said.
Public awareness rallies and distribution of pamphlets and other programmes to enlighten the public about the menace of drug use were the main highlights of the observation.
The Harm Reduction Network Manipur (HRNM) and the Association of Drug Users Manipur (ADUM) observed Global Day of Action with the slogan “support don’t punish” in Imphal on Friday.
Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) and User Society for Effective Response (USER) Manipur urged the Manipur Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to frame regulatory guidelines so as to ensure non-recurrence of human rights violation in drug rehabilitation centres.