Students should stay away from drugs to secure their future, said the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), South Coast Zone, Trivikram Varma.
Speaking to VFSTR (Vignan Deemed to be University) students, Varma said substance abuse and women’s safety are two issues of paramount importance to the state.
“Andhra Pradesh is the second largest alcohol consumer with 47% of alcohol addicts and the seventh opium consumer with 3.67 lakh addicts. Students shouldn’t think about taking any drugs as they can seriously affect a person’s physiological state, ”Varma said.
He explained the side effects drugs can cause and gave details of the types of drugs and the different stages of addiction you go through.
“The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act prohibits the manufacture, manufacture, cultivation, possession, sale, purchase, transport, storage, and consumption of narcotic substances. And for each crime mentioned there are different degrees of punishment, ”Varma told the students.
“A complaint box would be installed on campus so that students can express their complaints or complaints. Students can also contact 7382296118, the CID anesthetic cell, directly via WhatsApp, ”said Varma.
He asked the students to use the Disha app, which can help women in times of crisis.
“With the introduction of the Disha Act, the crime rate fell by 7.9% from 2019 to 2020. Before the Disha Law was introduced, it took nearly 200 days to complete the investigation. Now the average length of time has dropped to 53 days and 457 cases were investigated within seven days, ”said the DIG.
Police superintendent Guntur Urban, RN Ammi Reddy, advised staff to raise awareness among students about the harassment of women and the adverse effects of substance abuse.
He advised students to use the SOS function of cell phones.
The vice chairman of Vignan, known as Lavu Krishna Devarayalu University, urged students to build a safer society for women and girls and asked the students to make full use of the Disha app.