Parents' role vital in curbing drug menace: DHSK

Greater Kashmir

The DHSK stressed on counsellors, social workers and clinical psychologists to address the menace besides calling for positive role of parents and religious heads to de-stigmatize the issue.

Director Health Services Kashmir Saturday called for constructive role of parents and religious leaders in tackling the menace of drug abuse in Kashmir valley, adding that the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir along with Jammu and Kashmir Police was facilitating mental health services in all districts of Kashmir.

Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) was addressing the group interactive session at Police Drug De-addiction Centre at PCR Kashmir here today in which mental health professionals working in the police de-addiction centre, recovered persons and their family members also participated.

The DHSK stressed on counsellors, social workers and clinical psychologists to address the menace besides calling for positive role of parents and religious heads to de-stigmatize the issue.

“It is important to involve community leaders, Imams and parents for mass awareness about the ill-effects of drug abuse,” DrRehman said.

He, after taking the feedback from recovering patients, appreciated the initiative of J&K Police and all the professionals involved in the services.

Director also interacted with staff of police De-addiction services and assured Director Police Drug De-addiction Services of all possible support specifically in school mental health programs, community de-addiction programs and training programs for manpower development.