Jain University hosted a panel discussion on 'Addressing Addictive Behaviours' on 5th May 2023 to raise awareness about the negative impact of addiction. The panel consisted of distinguished names like Mr. SJ Chander, CEO at FSHI, Ms. Ashwini, PhD Scholar at NIMHANS, and Dr. Jayant, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at NIMHANS. Dr. Pooja Verma, Associate Professor at Jain University also acted as a panellist along with Dr. Manjunath P, HOD at Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College & Research Institute, and Dr. U Sahayraj, Consultant for Addiction Treatment at CFTFK-FSHI. The discussion was organised by Dr. Raghu N from the National Service Scheme (NSS) Wing and revolved around the harmful effects of drugs, technology, tobacco, and alcohol.
Mr. SJ Chander started the discussion by addressing the impact of drugs on health. He took the opportunity to explain how addiction to drugs can have severe consequences on the human body and mind, leading to health issues and even death. He further mentioned that the use of illicit drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, can have a lasting impact on a person's health, including damage to vital organs like the brain, heart, and lungs. Ms. Ashwini took the mic next and spoke on the harmful effects of technology addiction. She explained to the students that excessive use of smartphones and social media was a leading cause of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She urged the students to limit their screen time to reduce the negative impact on their mental health.
Next, Dr. Manjunath P addressed the students and talked about the impact of tobacco and alcohol on health. He brought the attention of the students on the severe damage that smoking and alcohol consumption was causing to people’s lungs, liver and other vital organs. He went on to reveal that alcohol and tobacco consumption are increasing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Pooja Verma took the stage next and highlighted how young people are more susceptible to addiction due to stress, peer pressure, and other social factors. He explained that many students seek out drugs, alcohol, and tobacco as a coping mechanism but instead, get trapped in a vicious cycle.
Dr. Jayant spoke on the consequences of unprotected sex and drug use. He explained to the students that the two were interrelated since drug use can lead to loss of control, resulting in risky behaviour like unprotected sex. He talked about the importance of safe sex practices and the need for individuals to seek help if they are struggling with addiction. Dr. U Sahayraj spoke next and discussed at length the harmful effects of tobacco and the challenges of quitting. He explained that regular tobacco use can cause severe health complications, ranging from stroke, heart disease to cancer. He also talked about the challenges of quitting smoking and the need for treatment and support to overcome addiction.
Throughout the event, students interacted openly with the panellists and asked them relevant questions pertaining to their area of expertise. The guests guided the students and advised them against addiction of all sorts. The panel discussion was a successful event that educated the students on the topic of addiction.