600 drug addicts treated in Ferozepur civil hospital in 6 months: DC
Officials credit this to the recently-launched Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programmeUpdated: Jun 20, 2018 23:30 IST
Hindustan Times, Ferozepur
The de-addiction centre at the local civil hospital has rehabilitated 600-odd addicts over the past six months and brought them back into the mainstream, the authorities claim. Officials credit this to the recently-launched Drug Abuse Prevention Officer (DAPO) programme.
The programme aims at operationalising a multi-pronged module to fight drug abuse, rehabilitate addicts and motivate vulnerable youngsters to stay away from drugs.
Over the past six months, the de-addiction centre has treated 111 patients who had to be admitted at the facility.
Ferozepur deputy commissioner Ramvir confirmed that the de-addiction centre was doing well. “Under the newly-launched ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’, people suffering from drug addiction are being encouraged to take treatment. We are also working on trying to provide maximum facilities at the hospital.”
“The DAPO scheme is yielding results. Addicts who have been weaned off drugs are also being encouraged to work as volunteers. Their voice has more effect as they themselves have suffered,” said Rachna Mittal, incharge of de-addiction centre.
First Published: Jun 20, 2018 23:13 IST