Human Touch Foundation, Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone along with Fr Agnel College, Pilar held flashmobs across the state to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, recently.
At the inaugural flashmob in Panaji, principal of Fr Agnel College, Fr Fredrick congratulated the organisers and the young people who came forward to create awareness about substance abuse and said that these types of programmes are cost-effective and essential for building resilience and empowering young people to be more aware about their health.
Speaking about the bureau’s efforts, Jeetendra Ranjan, Superintendent, Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone said that NCB has been working on both sides, that of supply reduction and demand reduction in Goa to combat the issue.
“Effective prevention includes the promotion of health as well as social well-being with more focus on young people,” said Peter Borges, Founder and CEO of Human Touch, an organization which engages youth to address HIV and substance abuse in Goa. He further stated that people must seize the opportunity to fully engage the government, civil society and the community in actions for effective prevention. “There is need to work together to support our young people to make positive choices free from drugs.”
The flashmobs were held across the state, beginning at the KTC Bus Stand in Panaji and moving on to Anjuna Junction, Mapusa KTC, Vasco and the Margao city bus stand. The participants, mainly comprising of students of the Fr Agnel College, Pilar were choreographed by David Furtado and his assistants at his academy.