National Policy to Tackle Drug Abuse

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News: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has informed Lok Sabha about the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR)

Facts:

About National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR), 2018-2025

  • It aims to reduce the adverse consequences of drug abuse in India through a) education, b) de-addiction and c) rehabilitation of affected individuals and their families. It was drafted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • The activities under the NAPDDR, include awareness generation programmes, community-based peer-led interactions intervention programmes for vulnerable adolescent and youth in the community, provisioning of treatment facilities and capacity building of service providers.
  • A steering committee constituted under the chairmanship of the secretary, Social Justice Ministry monitors the implementation of the Action Plan.

Additional Information:

Other Steps taken by GoI:

  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985: It envisages stringent provisions for the control and regulation of operations relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

o   Narcotics Control Bureau: It is the nodal drug law enforcement and intelligence agency of India. It functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was established in 1986 under the NDPS Act, 1985. It is headquartered in New Delhi.

  • National Policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS), 2012: It seeks to combat drug abuse in a holistic manner. It was drafted by the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue.

Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse: Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to eligible Non-Governmental Organizations for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts.