Indonesia Narcotics Free Needs Millennial Generation Power

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UNAIR NEWS – National Seminar to commemorate 2019 World No Tobacco Day (HTTS) and International Anti-Narcotics Day (HANI) was held by Student Activity Unit for Drug Abuse and HIV-AIDS Transmission (UK MAPANZA) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR). It discussed the problems as well as the steps can be made by the community in the present era.

As we all know, the millennial generation close to the world of technology and is very active in using the internet in their daily lives. They use it through browsing, streaming, and social media.

Tessa Rachmaviani, East Java Anti-Narcotics Ambassador 2018 acknowledged that she was a representative of millennial generation who had to be literate with the problem of drug abuse in Indonesia. Millennials, she continued, have positive power that can build public’s awareness on the dangers of drugs, including knowing about the concrete steps that must be taken to support Indonesia drugs free.

“Millennials now have power (positive, ed), social media that can be used to write useful things according to your passion,” she said.

According to Tessa, power collaboration between youth and other sectors such as the government is very important. Because, the power built by alone will be less powerful than the power that is built together to achieve change.

“If the power is built alone, it will not be strong. It must be done together. For this reason, collaboration is very important to do, ” she added.

The Head of Community Prevention and Empowerment Division of East Java Province National Narcotics Agency, Ria Damayanti, also supported Tessa’s statement. Ria said that millennials, especially young people, have the ability to think critically or quickly by looking at a variety of excellent perspectives. Thinking critical ability can support the power they have.

“With the ability to think critically, the millennial generation can handle the challenges of drugs more easily,” she said.

There are several challenges to the problem of drugs in Indonesia, such as the deterrent effect which is lacking, Indonesia as a paradise for narcotic syndicates, an increasingly diverse m.o, the dealers buy the integrity of state administrators or law enforcers, the development of many types of narcotics. In addition, there is a tendency abusing drugs in high-ranking youth and the spread of narcotics in the village. For narcotics operation m.o, including bullfighting, fake import, packages, sallowed, mines, and body wrapping.

Ria said, in handling drugs, the role of all elements of the nation is needed. These roles include self-commitment, anti-drug regulations, strength consolidation, early detection, and law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Reza Nangin, an anti-drug activist as the third speaker, shared his experience from becoming an addict to come clean from drugs, including several movements to free himself and the people around him from the influence of drugs. Reza’s movements, among others, joined the community, built a positive cycle of friendship, and built a sharing group in the entertainment industry.

Speaking about social media, Reza agreed that it can be a powerful power for the millennial generation to support Indonesia free of drugs. In addition, parental love is the most effective thing to overcome drug problems.

“Nowadays, gathering 150 people is very difficult, but if we post information on social media such as Instagram, the viewers can reach more than 150 people,” he said.

“Based on research, substance from drugs can actually be obtained from parent’s arms,” ​​he added. (*)


Author: Ulfah Mu’amarotul Hikmah

Editor: Feri Fenoria Rifa’i

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