IMPHAL, July 9: People of Manipur, especially the Meira Paibis, have been fighting the twin evils of alcoholism and drug abuse as the State is used as a route for trafficking drugs to the rest of the country, said Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol (CADA) general secretary Dipanjit Ningthoujam in his keynote address at a function to release the first volume of the ninth issue of CADA’s quarterly journal on Health for Future. The function was organised at the CADA head office, Pureiromba Khongnang Makhong, Konung Mamang today.
He further said that as a result Manipur is among the six States with the highest HIV prevalence in the country and a number of youths have lost their lives and many spouses were left alone with the children which have made the society unbearable with unwanted crimes crippling the State.
CADA has been initiating drugs supply and demand reduction by educating and access to treatment the youths since 2006.
Dr Ambedkar National and International awardee and Former Superintendent, NCB Ibungosana Ningthemcha attended the function as the chief guest while CADA president (in charge) Ningthoujam Doren presided over the function. All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) vice president Advocate Y Priyokumar and acting Chairman of Human Right Initiative (HRI), Manipur, Advocate Yumnam Ratan was the guest of honour.