Health Desk—August 10, 2017: With a giant aim to keep the students away from taking drugs, anti-narcotic committees have been formed at some 25,6005 secondary and higher secondary educational institutions, across the country while the rest of the institutes will have the committees by this year.
Rabiul Islam, Deputy Director (preventive education) of Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) said, "We have so far formed 25,605 anti-narcotic committees till June this year at the educational institutes such as school, college and madrasas aimed at making aware the students about dangerous effect of drugs, which ultimately appear as a silent killer".
The committees have been formed in 25,605 out of 32,057 secondary and higher secondary educational institutes across the country, he said, adding that the rest of 6456 educational institutes will have their committees by this year to spearhead a concerted anti-drug campaign.
The DNC is set to provide training to all of the convenors or member-sectaries of the committees to give them an overall idea about the adverse impact of the drug abuse and to make the committees effective, he said, adding that they are now preparing the module of the training.
The government took the move in 2009 with first forming 5,779 committees when the students were getting increasingly inclined towards taking drugs and similar narcotic substances.
The five-member committee is headed by chief of the concerned institution with its physical or religious teacher as the member secretary. Three other members of the committees are: a teachers' representative, a guardian, and a student.
These committees usually hold their meetings once at the end of every month to discuss the darker sides of the abuse of drugs to keep them away from the menace.
Moreover, each committee in collaboration with the respective administration hold a broad-based discussion on the worst side of drugs and narcotics side by side with distributing anti-drug posters, leaflets, souvenirs, bulletins, brochures and booklets among the students.