ITANAGAR, Jun 26: The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed across the state today, with various activities organized to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and the importance of preventive measures.

In the state capital, Itanagar, deputy commissioner Shweta Nagarkoti Mehta flagged-off a mass rally of around 500 school students from GHSS Arunodaya, Arunachal Valley Public School, and GHSS Nirjuli. The rally, which was also attended by ADC Datum Gadi, Corporator Techi Mema, DDSE ST Zara, and other officials, featured students chanting slogans such as "Say no to drugs."

Nukkad Natak performances by NCC students of Mallo Tarin GHSS at Akashdeep Market and NERIST Market area attracted large audiences. Emphasizing this year’s theme, "The evidence is clear: invest in prevention," DC Mehta highlighted the need for collective responsibility to combat the harmful effects of drug misuse on individuals, families, and communities.

In Tezu, the Lohit district administration celebrated the day at the community convention centre with Padma Shri recipient Sathyanarayan Mundayoor and DC Shasvat Saurabh. The event featured dramas, rap songs, shadow dramas, and a marathon organized by Kri Welfare Society.

Saurabh called for unity in fighting drug abuse, while Mundayoor lauded the students' efforts in spreading awareness through literature and art.

Yingkiong saw the Upper Siang unit of the Arunachal Pradesh Police organize a rally involving various local organizations and institutions. The rally was followed by speeches and awareness activities, emphasizing the theme and sensitizing participants about the ill effects of drugs. The DC office and other departments also participated in a digital pledge to combat drug abuse.

In Pasighat, the Drug De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Center observed the day with a program that included speeches by ASP East Siang Pankaj Lamba, DMO Dr. K. Perme, and other officials. The event concluded with an oath-taking ceremony, fruit distribution, and special meals for the incumbents. Various educational institutions and government offices also marked the day with pledges against drug abuse.

Tawang district observed the day with multiple awareness programs across major educational institutions. Superintendent of Police DW Thongon and deputy superintendent of police Taso Kato led sessions at the Higher Secondary School in Tawang. In Lungla, members of the All Dhagpa Pangchin Students Union conducted awareness sessions. Additionally, Manjushree Vidyapeeth received donations for establishing smart classrooms, and the Tawang Monpa Employees' Society organized motivational talks at Secondary School Bomba.

In Khonsa, the Care Me Home Drug De-Addiction cum Rehabilitation Centre, in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Drug De-Addiction Society, organized a mini marathon under the theme "Run for Drug-Free Tirap." DC Tirap Ira Singhal and SP Tirap Singjatla Singpho flagged off the marathon and spoke about the long-term consequences of drug abuse. Winners of the marathon were awarded cash prizes, and awareness sessions were held to educate participants about the health hazards associated with drug addiction.

Finally, in Naharlagun, the Arunachal Pradesh Drug De-Addiction Society organized an awareness meeting at Kendra Vidyalaya No. 1. APO Dr K M Lombi and deputy director Tashor Pali addressed the students, urging them to stay away from addictive substances and focus on their careers. Kripa Foundation also observed the day with inmates of Sudhar Ghar, with SP Naharlagun Mihin Gambo motivating participants to rebuild their lives.

The statewide observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking highlighted the urgent need for preventive measures and collective efforts to combat drug abuse and its detrimental effects on society.