Government of India Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

Substance use disorders are serious problem adversely affecting the social fabric
of the country. Dependence to any substance not only affects the individual’s health but
also disrupts their families and the whole society. Regular consumption of various
psychoactive substances leads to dependence of the individual. Some substance
compounds may lead to neuro-psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular diseases, mental
health issues resulting in suicides and violence. Therefore, substance use and
dependence needs to be viewed as a psycho-social-medical problem.

  1. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been implementing the
    Central Sector Scheme for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance
    (Drug) Abuse since 1985-86 with the objective of creating awareness and
    educate people about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse
    and for providing a whole range of community based services for
    identification, motivation, counseling, de- addiction, after care and
    rehabilitation for Whole Person Recovery (WPR) of substance and alcohol
  2. Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment has conducted the first
    National Survey on Extant and Pattern of Substance Use in India through
    National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of the All India
    Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi during 2018. The report
    of the survey was released in February, 2019. As per the report, Alcohol is
    the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by
    Cannabis and Opioids. About 16 Crore persons consume alcohol in the
    country, 3.1 Crore individuals use cannabis products and 2.26 Crore use
    opioids. More than 5.7 Crore individuals are affected by harmful or
    dependent alcohol use and need help for their alcohol use problems,
    about 25 lakh suffer from cannabis dependence and approximately 77
    lakh individuals are estimated to need help for their opioid use problems.
    A sizeable number of individuals use sedatives and inhalants. In order to
    prevent the Substance use and dependence in the Country, the Ministry of
    Social justice and Empowerment has formulated and enacted National
    Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) (2018- 2025)
  3. The objectives and activities of the Scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism
    and Substance (Drug) Abuse form a subset of the objectives of the
    NAPDDR, which is the main scheme under which all the initiatives
    towards DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION in the country can be carried out
    through Government of India, State/UT Governments, implementing
    agencies like PRIs, NGOs, Trusts, ULBs, Autonomous organizations,
    Technical Forums, Hospitals, Prison Administrations and soon.
  4. For full details, criteria and deadlines please visit the link below

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