UNAIR NEWS – Based on the results National Narcotics Agency (BNN) research in collaboration with University of Indonesia’s Health Research Center in 2017, National Survey on Drug Abuse, the projected number of drug abusers in Indonesia reached 1.77 percent or 3,367,154 people had ever used drugs in the past year (current users), especially in 10-59 year age group.
Drug users in East Java reaches 0.02 percent of the total population, 40 million. The number of drug abusers in East Java reached 568,304 users. This number is the second largest in Indonesia. And, adolescents are at high risk.
Responding to this phenomenon, Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) through its Student Activity Unit for Drug Abuse and HIV-AIDS Transmission (UK MAPANZA) held a national seminar to commemorate World No Tobacco Day (HTTS) and International Anti-Drug Day (HANI) 2019 on Saturday, April 27. The theme raised was “Synergism of Millennial Generation and State Institution in Realizing Indonesia Without Narcotics”.
Being held at 2nd Floor Hall of Airlangga Convention Center (ACC) UNAIR, the seminar presented three speakers. The three speakers were Tessa Rachmaviani (East Java Anti Narcotics Ambassador); Ria Damayanti (Head of Prevention and Community Empowerment Division of BNN East Java); and Reza Nangin (Anti Narcotics activist).
The seminar was led by Lucky Christian (Universitas Airlangga 2016 Ambassador) as a moderator, and opened by Bayu Laksono, SE as a representative of Directorate of Student Affairs (Dirmawa) Universitas Airlangga.
“Synergism in Indonesian dictionary is a joining activity, where the effect is greater than if done individually,” said Abednego R. Tambunan as Head of HTTS and HANI National Seminar 2019 in his speech.
The seminar was held as an effort to support Indonesia free from drugs. The target is millennials through a synergy with policy makers or the government, in this case BNN. In addition, the event was intended to provide insight and views to the community to remove the negative stigma for drug abusers.
“This HTTS and HANI Seminar is good to commemorate because there are latent dangers around us. One of them is from drugs, “said Bayu Laksono, SE in his remarks.
“Family is the smallest sector in life in the formation of good character. So, when you are married do not just think about work and money, but also the most valuable assets, children, ” advised Bayu.
The national seminar in the commemoration of 2019 HTTS and HANI was the third seminar held by UK MAPANZA UNAIR, with two agendas, namely national seminars and essay competitions. (*)
Author: Ulfah Mu’amarotul Hikmah
Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i