Seminar on Substance Dependence

Shillong Aug 2: The epidemic of substance use and dependence has reached an alarming dimension in the world, with statistics painting a very grim picture of the situation. Data from across the world has revealed that substance use and dependence across the world has generated turnover of around $500 billion, it is the third largest business in the world, next to petroleum and arms trade. About 190 million people all over the world are dependent on one type of substance or the other. In India the scenario is no different, harmful use and substance dependence are growing public health problems resulting from changing cultural values, increasing economic stress and dwindling supportive bonds.  According to a UN report, One million heroin addicts are registered in India. Cannabis, heroin, and Indian-produced pharmaceutical drugs are the most frequently abused drugs in India apart from alcohol. The introduction of synthetic drugs and intravenous drug use leading to HIV/AIDS has added a new dimension to the problem, especially in the Northeast states of the country.

With this in mind the department of Psychology, Martin Luther Christian University today August 2, organised a one day seminar on the topic, “Substance Dependence: Prevention and Remedial Action”, in the University campus. The Seminar has been organised with the intent of educating the future counsellors and social workers to the harsh realities of substance dependence.

The seminar hosted resource persons from the health care, law enforcement, rehabilitation and spiritual aspects which included renowned psychiatrist of the state Dr E Mukhim; Dr. (Ms) J Lynghoh, clinical psychologist; Ms Rebina Subba, Advocate; Shri Davis R. Marak, IPS, SP, East Khasi Hills; Father George, Director, Siloam; Rev. David Jamir.

Dr. Mukhim while speaking during one of the session stressed on the importance and urgency of a State Drug Policy that can not only regulate but also make our state a drug-free zone. He added that dependents have either a mental or an emotional issue that mostly leads them towards a substance dependency.

Other speakers also stressed on the fact that substance dependency is a disease and such should be treated medically with the help of trained professionals and not to stigmatised their dependents conditions.


Mission Statement

To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and  by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment .

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We the incoming/outgoing students of the Martin Luther Christian University vow to always uphold the principles of Honesty, Sustainability, Tolerance and Respect, Quality, Perseverance, Humility, Teamwork, Leadership, Accountability and Recognition as upheld to us in the University. This pledge we make freely, fully understanding that these values will make us good humans and role models.

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