Recently, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of 'International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking' launched an annual Anti-Drug Action Plan for 2020-21 for 272 districts of India. The action plan aims at addiction-free India by countering the growing menace especially across colleges and universities. The ministry also announced the launch of the ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat’, or Drug-Free India Campaign which focuses on community outreach programmmes.
- International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated annually on 26th June since 1987.
- It emphasises the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
- These would be set up in the “most affected” 272 districts identified by the Narcotics Control Bureau focussing on building up treatment and de-addiction facilities and giving emphasis on reaching the youth and high risk population. The districts mostly belong to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and the North-East.
- The focus will be on setting up drop-in-centres for addicts and also on peer-led community based outreach programmes for high risk populations – particularly the youth.
- These centres will have provision for screening, assessment and counselling and would provide linkage to treatment and rehabilitation services for drug dependents.
- Apart from celebrity backed ‘Say No to Drugs’ publicity campaigns, national level campaigns are planned across schools and higher education campuses to sensitise youngsters, parents and schools about the issue.
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
- The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for the reduction of drug demand, which oversees all aspects of drug abuse prevention.
- Financial assistance of NGOs to run drug de-addiction centers across the country in detail by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to evaluate the problem of intoxication, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, nudging people towards signs. Is provided.