Thursday, April 18, 2019

Parents play a pivotal role in child's drug use; know your responsibility

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Apr 17: Youth are the future of our nation, but in our islands due to use of 'Ganja/ Marijuana/ Cannabis' in the early age of adolescence before their youthfulness destructs the future of islands as well as nation. It is come to notice that, in many schools in the A&N Islands, shockingly as per sources, from the middle schools level the students started using such illegal drugs in schools.
But the main point is that, how can the middle school students can afford or manage to buy such illegal products? Some citizen claims that, "it may be the tactics of business to spread the business among adolescents or youths by paying least initially as start-up addiction".
However, a lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it's not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), one can get addicted to marijuana-especially if use it during your teen years.
Effects of Marijuana
Many teenagers believe that marijuana is safer than alcohol or other drugs. When talking about marijuana with your child, it is helpful to know the myths and the facts. For example, teenagers may say, "it is harmless because it is natural," "it is not addictive," or "it does not affect my thinking or my grades."
However, research shows that marijuana can cause serious problems with learning, feelings, and health.
Short-term use of marijuana can lead to: School difficulties, Problems with memory and concentration, Increased aggression, Car accidents, Use of other drugs or alcohol, Risky sexual behaviours, Worsening of underlying mental health conditions including mood changes and suicidal thinking, Increased risk of psychosis and Interference with prescribed medication.
Regular use of marijuana can lead to significant problems including Cannabis Use Disorder. Signs that your child has developed Cannabis Use Disorder include using marijuana more often than intended, having cravings, or when using interferes with other activities. If someone with Cannabis Use Disorder stops using suddenly, they may suffer from withdrawal symptoms that, while not dangerous, can cause irritability, anxiety, and changes in mood, sleep, and appetite.
Long-term use of marijuana can lead to: The same breathing problems as smoking cigarettes (coughing, wheezing, trouble with physical activity, and lung cancer), Decreased motivation or interest which can lead to decline in academic or occupational performance, Lower intelligence, and Mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, moodiness, and risk of suicide.
Conclusion
Marijuana use in teens can lead to long-term consequences. Teens rarely think they will end up with problems related to marijuana use, so it is important to begin talking about the risks with your child early and continue this discussion over time. Talking with your child about marijuana can help delay the age of first use and help protect their brain. If your child is already using marijuana, try asking questions in an open and curious way as your teen will talk more freely if not feeling judged. If you have concerns about your child's drug use, talk with your child's pediatrician or a qualified mental health professional. (Inputs from: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

LG pays floral tributes to Dr. BR Ambedkar



On the occasion of 128th Birth Anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar on April 14, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands & Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency paid floral tributes in the presence of Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary, Shri Tarun Kumar, PCCF, Ms. Shalini Singh, IG Police and other senior officers of Andaman & Nicobar Administration.

Citizens' Corner 18/04/2019


  • There are many guys, one can observe, especially teens, inactively present at many shady spots in the city. At first, I thought, their presence under shady spot due to summer heat. But later, it came know that, they are in another world alone like ‘Zombies’ in Hollywood movies, every day and evenings too by consuming 'Cannabis', may be easily available these days.


  • The A&N Police is occasionally comes up with press releases about nabbing drug peddlers at many places in city. But, the worthy A&N Police is yet to find out the real culprits behind the deals in import of such illegal 'Ganga' into these islands.


  • Many bureaucrats believes that, 'punishment is not the solution to control any crime', and authorities working towards creating awareness among criminals. But, in the modern era person commits crime and later police are left to solve the puzzle. At last, after many years of investigation and court proceedings, the criminal is being punished, that too if proved. Which gives easy message to the committers is as 'Justice is at far at distance'.

Police recovers misplaced bag of a Tourist in Baratang Island



Port Blair, Apr 17: On Apr 03, 2019, a travel agent Mr. Ravi, R/o Haddo informed over phone to SI Gaurav Banerjee of PS Baratang that one of his tourist namely Shri Souvik Ghosh from West Bengal have lost his bag containing cash of Rs.22,000/- and other materials somewhere at Baratang Island. Acting swiftly, a police team managed to found one purple colour bag on Apr 04, 2019 near lime stone cave. On checking cash Rs.22,500/- was found in the bag alongwith other items. Accordingly, the concerned tourist was contacted over phone and cash Rs.22,500/- alongwith bag was handed over to him in the presence of independent witnesses under cover of handling over memo. Baratang Police is dedicated to provide better safety and service to all the visiting tourists and always look forward to fulfill the A&N Tourist Police motto "We want you safe".