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.