The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is Acceptance.
The consumption of illegal drugs continues to be a major health problem internationally. Awareness regarding drug abuse must start at a very young age. Existing studies have found that drug users start consuming drugs at an early age. Accidental and intentional behaviours that are associated with drug and alcohol use represent one of the leading preventable causes of death for the 15 to 24-year-old population. Drug usage among student population results in underperforming in studies, delinquency, anger and depression.
Researchers have taken place and still going on to identify risk factors associated with adolescent drug usage. And taking preventive measures for the same has become the need of the hour! Preventive measures includes providing appropriate information to the target age group, material to help young people recognize and resist pressures to engage in drug use, deliver information through interactive methods etc. Successful prevention programmes should incorporate all of these characteristics and can then be provided through the family, school, community or healthcare community.
Taking all the above reasons in to consideration, Srishti in association with Pratheksha have taken up its social responsibility towards drug abuse awareness. Mr.Vishnu has initiated it by conducting awareness classes at St. Vincent School, Kaniyapuram. Children found it very interesting as it is an interactive session.
We Srishtians try in the best ways to bring hope and joy to people around , and try to create light despite of all the darkness around!!