Rohilkhand university conducted special lecture for drug abuse

Bareilly ,12 December .To create awareness of drug abuse, an invited lecture was conducted by the Department of Chemical Engineering with the association of DSW (Department of Social Welfare), MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, and Narcotics Control Bureau, Govt of India.

The students were made aware of the effects of drug consumption and how to prevent addiction. Invited lecture delivered by Dr. Anupam Sharma, Professor of Rajshree Medical College, Bareilly. The talk covered various aspects of drug use and abuse and was received by a packed smart class at Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Sharma started by exploring the causes that induce people to use drugs – stress and peer pressure. He urged people not to give in. “You don’t need to do drugs to be happy” was a key message that he impressed upon the young audience that comprised the four-year B.Tech students.

Dr. Sharma then spoke about different kinds of drugs and their effects. “A drug is any chemical that leads to intoxication. Drugs can cause depression, stimulation, and hallucination. Alcohol, opioids, and cannabis cause depression; cocaine, tobacco, and caffeine produce stimulation; and LSD, cannabis, and ketamine cause hallucination. Although they allow temporary reprieves from the struggles of reality, they are addictive and should not be indulged in,” he said.
He also urged the audience to quit smoking. By telling the audience that one cigarette contains more than 65 carcinogens out of the 7000 chemicals in it, he made the severity and dangers of consuming cigarettes clear.

He also spoke about the burning palate that can be caused by the high about 700 degrees Celsius temperature of cigarettes, and hyperpigmentation. Dr. Sharma spoke about the addictiveness of nicotine, the effects of which go from the mouth to the brain in 5-8 seconds.

The talk was both enlightening and startling, and the dangers of drug abuse came across clearly. Ms. Sugra Khatoon, faculty, of the Department of Chemical Engineering, coordinated the program.

A.C.Saxena from Bareilly.

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