Substance abuse is not only a problem arising out of the availability of psychoactive drugs but it has great deal to do with social conditions which create the demand for consumption of such substances. Therefore, the approach is to recognize drug abuse as a psycho-social medical problem which can be best handled through community based interventions.
The Department of Health on its part gives maximum emphasis on educating the people on prevention about its ill effects and rehabilitates the current user at different de-addiction centers. Schools in our community hold the priority list and we have initiated our action by constituting special committee comprising of both staff and students to control substance abuse in schools. We organize annual substance abuse workshop cum review meeting for school heads, teachers, counselors and students to discuss the issues related to substance abuse. We also organize various activities such as inter-school drawing competitions and awareness lectures during which rehabilitated persons share their experiences.