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New drive against drugabuse among students

The Indian Medical Association, Kochi, in association with city-based non-governmental organisation MAGICS, is launching a novel campaign against drug abuse among schoolchildren.

The idea is to keep children away from cellphones and cash which make them easy prey to drug peddlers, says Junaid Rahman, president, IMA-Kochi.

Children do not need mobile phones and these are not allowed in schools, said Praveen Pai of MAGICS. However, parents feel more assured if they have some kind of access to children, given the safety concerns of present times. Children also keep cash in hand to meet their needs like buying snacks or stationery.

According to Dr. Pai, the plan is to make both school authorities and parent-teacher associations aware of ‘Student Mobiles’ that have facilities to make and receive calls from pre-set numbers. A cash-card system in schools would help children avoid cash transactions for any needs in schools. MAGICS would be sourcing the technological know-how to implement the programme, he said.

Coinciding with International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the programme would be formally launched on Wednesday.

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