Deaf-mute kids join hands, spread message against drug abuse

Silently spreading a message of having a peaceful world free from drug abuse, deaf and mute children from an institution in Ropar made a human chain and displayed posters to eradicate drug abuse and addiction in Chandigarh on Friday.

The event, organised by a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Generation Savior Association, was attended by N K Sharma, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab.

Talking to Newsline he said, "We have a project in the pipeline wherein all the government hospitals in Punjab will have a team of four people to look after the patients who are admitted with drug addiction".

He also added that Punjab is the state with the most drug abuse and so the government is planning to have officials in the police and other departments of Punjab who can bring anyone reported with drug addiction to a rehabilitation facility which is to be set up.

Amteshwar Kaur, the president of the NGO said, "I had studied many schools in Punjab with clusters of 25 students each who were more aware about the different brands of drugs than they were about brands of chocolates".

There was also a street play performed by the artists of Suchetak Rangmanch wherein they portrayed how parental pressure of having a particular profession is leading to drug-addiction and peer pressure adds to it.

Also, the deaf and mute students presented Bhangra and a Mime act.

An awareness Jago was then taken out at the Sukhna Lake led by the city Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh.

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