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Shillong | August 19, 2019:

The delegation of the Meghalaya State Planning Board will soon be visiting Mizoram to get an insight on the steps and policies adopted by them to deal with the problem of drug abuse.

“We will be visiting Mizoram very shortly to understand how they have managed to curb the problem of drug menace,” MSPB chairman, Lambor Malngiang told reporters here today after convening a meeting with senior police officials, church leaders, youth and women organisations to deliberate on the issue of drug abuse in the State.

According to Malngiang, the Mizoram Government has managed to deal with the problem of drugs abuse very effectively adding that the number of drug users in Mizoram have reduced drastically compared to what it was in the past.

“We will like to replicate or adopt some of its measures to tackle with the problem of drug menace in the State,” MSPB chairman said.

It may be mentioned that Mizoram is one of the states in India with highest prevalence of drug abuse. As per official figures, over 1,460 people, including 163 women, have died of drug abuse in 34 years since 1984 in Mizoram.

As one of the measures to take with the problem of drug abuse, the Mizoram Government had decided to incorporate drug intervention programme in the school curriculum of the state.

Meanwhile, Malngiang said that during the meeting, they have decided to urge upon the State Government to come up with the drugs policy at the earliest.

“I am aware that the initiative to come up with the drugs policy had began since 2012. But I hope that the Social Welfare department will speed up the exercise to finalise the policy after incorporating the views of the various stake holders,” he said.

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