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Narendra Modi voices concern over drug menace through ‘Mann ki Baat’

MUMBAI: In his third radio programme under ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced his concern over the drug addiction menace in the country and highlighted solutions on how to fight the problem.

Modi said that the society as well as the government will have to work together to fight this problem and that a helpline would be set up soon to assist those seeking solutions.

The drug menace is a “national pain” but instead of the youth mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned. “Drug addiction is a malaise filled 3D — darkness, destruction and devastation — as it leads to the dark alleys of destruction and devastation,” he said.

Modi said that a thinking process should begin to ensure that the country is rid of this problem and added that he will try to involve celebrities from the cine world, sports and other fields to campaign for a drug-free India.

“For long, I have been having concern about the young generation…That some son has got caught in such a quagmire where everything is devastated. Drugs are such devastation,” Modi said in his broadcast to the nation.

At the same time, he said, “Drug addiction is bad, not the child.”

Describing it as a psycho-socio-medical problem, he said the family, friends, society, government and the law will have to work together to fight it as working in pieces will not help.

In an emotional appeal to youths, he urged them to say “no” to drugs, asserting that its consumption is neither a ‘style statement’ nor ‘cool’.

He said he had asked his officials to set up a toll free helpline soon to assist those seeking answers to the problem. The Prime Minister also suggested launching a special drive on social media against the menace.