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National Policy to Tackle Drug Abuse

Posted on : 05 Dec 2019

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  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated and is implementing a National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) for 2018-2025.
  • The Plan aims at reduction of adverse consequences of drug abuse through a multi-pronged strategy.
  • The Ministry also implements a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” under which financial assistance is provided to eligible Non-Governmental Organizations based on the recommendations of State Governments/UT Administrations for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of addicts including adolescents.

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  • India is signatory to the three UN Conventions namely:
    • The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961,
    • The Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 and
    • The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988
  • Article 38 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 and Article 20 of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, 1971 obligates countries for taking all practicable measures for the prevention of abuse of drugs/psychotropic substances and for the early identification, treatment, education, after-care, rehabilitation and social reintegration of the persons involved and also for promoting the training of personnel in these areas.
  • The Government of India has enacted the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act in the year 1985 to make stringent provisions for the control and regulation of operations relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
  • The Government of India has also brought out a National Policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) in 2012 to serve as a guide to various Ministries/Departments, State Governments, International Organisations, NGOs, etc. and re-assert India’s commitment to combat the drug menace in a holistic manner.
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been implementing a Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse since 1985-86 for identification, counselling, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary and other eligible organizations.
  • The National Institute of Social Defence (NISD), New Delhi, an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, is the nodal training and research Institute for interventions in the area of Social Defence.

Article Related Questions

  1. India is signatory to which of the following UN Conventions to Tackle Drug Abuse
    1.The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961
    2.The Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971
    3.The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988
    Choose the correct option from the following

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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