Young adult age is the period of growth and accomplishment. In this time they try to become independent by experiencing different aspect of life. They try different new things and for that sometimes they might fall in different negative experience like drugs. Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries across the world. Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as violence, stress, child abuse etc. In Bangladesh it is a growing national concern. There are millions of drug-addicted people in Bangladesh and most of them are young, between the ages of 18 and 30. And they are from all strata of the society.

Drug Awareness Program

Adolescent and young adult alcohol and other drug use is a serious problem, not just legally, but developmentally. The human brain is not fully developed until an individual is in their early 20’s. With this being the case, adding mind-altering, foreign substances into the body is a serious issue that can have lifetime effects. There’s the obvious problem of how drugs affect the individual using them, but there’s also the issue of how substance use affects the friends and family of the using individual and the community at large. Young people need to be given the facts about what they are putting into their bodies and how their use affects them, the people around them, and the surrounding community. With this information, individuals will be making informed decisions when it comes to drug use.

Children are the future of our world and their knowledge should be something that we all invest into. Proper education about substance abuse is a crucial preventative measure for kids and teenagers. When adults share factual information about substance abuse, it helps kids develop a better sense of drug abuse awareness. Without proper educational measures about the harmful effects of drugs, kids may develop increased risks for becoming curious about drugs, falling prey to peer pressure, and try drugs themselves. When kids experiment with drugs it places them in a high-risk category for developing eventual drug tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

What is Drug Abuse Awareness?

Drug abuse awareness is an understanding of:

  • what exactly substance abuse is

  • what substance abuse does and what the risks are

  • how substance abuse can lead to the development of an addiction

  • how to recognize warning signs of addiction

  • what kinds of consequences addiction can have

  • what to do and how to help if a friend or a family member has an addiction

This subset of substance abuse education benefits everyone, but instilling a sense of drug abuse awareness in children in particular drastically reduces the chances that they try drugs at all.

Additionally, helping teens to better understand the full impact of drug use can lower their risk of addiction as well as give them information to share with friends and family.

Drug Abuse Awareness Today

We live in a world where addiction is as much a trend as a disease. Statistics show that death by overdose has been steadily increasing since the early 2000’s. By raising drug abuse awareness and backing it with irrefutable facts, we can fight this statistic through the implementation of prevention programs for impressionable kids and teens. For those of you currently struggling with a substance abuse problem, it isn’t too late. There is hope for individuals who are already consumed by the cycle of addiction through methods used in addiction treatment. Recovery is possible, and so is addiction prevention with the use of educational drug abuse

Drug Addiction Prevention Awareness Program on Independence Day 2016

There are more six (6) million drug addicts in Bangladesh as per Department of Narcotics Control (DNC), the authority for narcotics control in Bangladesh. and the number is rising every day. The people in the community should be aware of the killer disease called addiction. We arranged a daylong program on 26th march 2016 to celebrate the Independence Day by conducting an awareness program for the mass people in the local community about drug addiction. The program included flyer distribution and informal counseling on drug addiction for the suffering people & their family members. AMAR Home’s Public Relation team along with our professional counselors served at the daylong program. More than four thousand (4,000) flyers were distributed and thirty seven (37) informal counseling were conducted at the stall.

Campaign against Drug Abuse

There is no alternative to launching social movement, involving every conscious citizen, for saving the young generations from the aggression of drug abuse in building a drug free society. The objective of the drive and campaign is to create much awareness among all and to build drug free society to protect the people particularly the young generation from deadly aggression of drug addiction. Most of the drug abusers are young and mostly got influenced by friends of their institute or locals. One of the main objectives of the program is for the students to realize impact of drugs on health and avoid tendency of taking drugs. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal MP announced January 2016 as the month for Campaign against drug-abuse earlier in November 2015

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by the Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects themes for the International Day and launches campaigns to raise awareness about the global drug problem. Health is the ongoing theme of the world drug campaign. We mobilized through Dhaka, to make the day’s slogan reachable to workplaces like Motijheel, Shahbag, Mohakhali, Banani and also to public universities & colleges like DU, AUST, Shahin College etc. to mark 26 June! Because It is a unique occasion to take a stand against a problem that affects us all. We count on public support to make this pro-health campaign a success.

1st National Recovery Get-together Department of Narcotics Control of Bangladesh along with the licensee treatment centers organized an annual meeting for recovering addicts at 25th Jun 2014. The motto was to aware the community that Drug Addiction is preventable & treatable. AMAR Home participated in this program with a rally. State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan was present as the chief guest at the conference at the auditorium of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in the city.DNC Director General Md. Atwar Rahman chaired the conference in which senior secretary of Home Ministry CQK Mustaq Ahmed was present as the special guest. Team leader of Health System Strengthening Activities under US AID Alison P Bare and additional DG of DNC Md. Amir Hossain were also present on the occasion.

2nd National Recovery Get-together Department of Narcotics Control of Bangladesh along with the licensee treatment centers organized an annual get-together for recovering addicts at 11th Jun 2015. The motto was to aware the community that Drug Addiction is preventable & treatable. AMAR Home participated in this program with our successful recovering addicts who are clean for more than two (2) years. State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal MP was present as the chief guest at the conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city. DNC Director General chaired the conference in which senior secretary of Home Ministry was present as the special guest.

Breaking the Stigma

Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and it affects all types of people from different backgrounds. The more people and families who open up about how addiction has affected their lives during times. Many people fall to the delusion that addiction only happens to people who live in certain parts of the country or have specific backgrounds. However, the truth of the matter is that many people who are addicts can be hiding their issues and so it is only from outside appearance that they look like they’re living a normal life.

Together, we can help raise awareness about addiction and help those who are struggling. Addiction is a legitimate illness, and when more people talk about addiction and recovery, more people can begin to get the help that they so desperately need.