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An awareness programme was organised on the occasion of international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking at AIMIT St Aloysius College (Deemed to be University) on June 27. The event aimed to educate students on the effects of drug abuse and thus promote a drug-free world.

Dr Kiran Kumar P. K., psychiatrist and former HOD of Psychiatry at A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, was the resource person. In his address he said: “The reward circuit in the brain is affected by drug usage and there will be severe withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction.” He further said that having positive attitudes and not experimenting with such substances is important.

In his closing remarks, Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director of AIMIT, stressed the need for awareness among students and the importance of leading a purposeful lives. “Engaging in social activities, setting goals, maintaining motivation, and cultivating good habits to live a meaningful life is a sure way of avoiding substance abuse,” he said.

Earlier, the programme commenced with the divine invocation led by the college choir, followed by a warm welcome from Alroy Menezes. The vote of thanks was delivered by AnivithaFerros. Ancy D’Cunha compered the programme and introduced the guest speaker to the audience. Dr Rakesh Kumar from IT department coordinated the event.