An exclusive webinar session on the topic "Factors Driving Drug Abuse in Northeast India'' was organized by the school of social sciences, The Assam Kaziranga University on 17 August, 2021. The aim of the webinar was to raise awareness on the rising issue of drug abuse in Northeast India. The key speaker of the webinar was Mr. Amrit Kumar Baishya who is the founder and counselor of Shristi Wellness Home, a recovery home which deals with addiction of any form such as alcohol, substance and drug abuse.
Mr. Amrit Kumar in his insightful speech addressed the social stigma and misconceptions surrounding drug addictions of which he was a victim himself. Drug abuse is not just a bad habit, an abnormal madness or a curse to the family, but drug abuse is a disease and it can happen to anyone irrespective of age, gender, caste, community or social standards. He continued by emphasizing the importance of knowing the causes/factors leading to Drug Abuse in the NorthEast Region in order to tackle it which has now become a social epidemic and completely taken over the North East region. The major factors responsible for this social problems are -
The key takeaway points from the webinar are that addiction is a disease which affects us both mentally and physically. When we are addicted to drugs, we don't usually have control over our cravings. Among young people between the ages of 17-21, it has now become a fashion to take drugs without knowing its side effects. Most often, people start taking drugs due to peer pressure and curiosity and at the end, it becomes a chronic illness, with no repairable damage sometimes. So, it is of utmost importance to tackle the issue of drug abuse, and support and encourage people with addictions to reach out to mental health professionals.
The students of Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, MSW 4th Sem, School of Social Sciences, played the leading role in organising this webinar under the guidance ofMs. Rini Gogoi, Assistant Professor, the Assam Kaziranga University. It was attended by around 75 participants.