Angamaly: An anti-narcotic bike and cycle rally was organized by Kerala Excise (Aluva Region) and Police Department (Angamaly Circle) in collaboration with the Anti-Narcotics Cell and the Cycling Club of De Paul Institute of Science and Technology, Angamaly.
The flag-off ceremony officially commenced at 10 am on the college ground. Principal Rev. Dr Johnny Chacko Mangalat, inaugurated the program. An awareness class on the topic of the dangers of drug addiction was taken by Mr. Shahul Hameed for the students. Francies A P, CPO and PRO of Angamaly police station, flagged off the rally.
The rally started at the college, proceeded to the Angamaly bus stand, and reached back to the college ground at 12.30 pm. The rally was organised not only to educate the students about the harmful effects of intoxicants but also to eliminate the urge to reiterate the use of drugs.
The predominant aim was to create a consciousness about a healthy society, to save the youth from the adversities of addiction, and to build family bonds. The number of people who use drugs through cohabitation is increasing as they count on it as a way to stay free from both physical and mental stress. Although the pleasure of drugs is temporary, their side effects are enduring. Many of these side effects can affect cognition, memory, and self-control. Loss of concentration, inability to resolve problems, and delusions are also side effects of substance abuse.
(The author, who is a student in first-year Post-Graduate Journalism and Mass Communication course at the De Paul Institute of Science and Technology (DiST), Angamaly, is reporting for Onmanorama as part of its campus outreach programme, Onmanorama Campus Reporter.)