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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 370-377

National Policies to Meet the Challenge of Substance Abuse : Programmes and Implementation


1 Additional Professor, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012, India
2 Junior Resident, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012, India

Correspondence Address:
Anil Malhotra
Additional Professor, Drug De-addiction & Treatment Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012
India
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Drug abuse has become a growing issue of concern to humanity. India has a large consumer base of drug and alcohol abusers. This has serious repercussions in terms of morbidity & mortality. Hence the need for a national policy. In India, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. 1985 (NDPS) provides the framework for drug abuse control in the country. A large number of measures have been undertaken as part of demand reduction activities. These include framing policies and programmes, setting up of centres, developing pilot projects, etc. However, the implementation still needs a lot to be desired. The efforts have not yet been streamlined and no revision of policies has taken place based on experience. This paper critically reviews the initiatives taken thus far to control drug abuse in our country.



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