New Delhi, Sept 30, 2023: Gayatri Parivar is set to lead the drive against substance abuse.
Taking a step in this direction, department of social justice & empowerment entered into an MoU with the Gayatri Parivar for spreading the message of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA) among the youth, women, students etc on September 22, 2023.
Substance use disorder is an issue which is 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, as well as accidents, suicides and violence. Therefore, substance use and dependence needs to be viewed as a psycho-social-medical problem.
As per report of ﬁrst comprehensive national Survey on extent and pattern of substance use in India conducted by department of social justice & empowerment through national drug dependence treatment centre (nddtc), AIIMS, New Delhi, alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by cannabis and opioids.
To curb the menace of drug demand, the ministry of social justice and empowerment (mosje), government of India has been implementing national action plan for drug demand reduction (napddr) which is an umbrella scheme under which ﬁnancial assistance is provided to state Governments/ union territory (ut) administrations for preventive education and awareness generation, capacity building, skill development, vocational training and livelihood support of ex-drug addicts, programmes for drug demand reduction by states/uts etc. And ngos/vos for running and maintenance of integrated rehabilitation centers for addicts (lrcas), community based peer led intervention (cpli) for early drug use prevention among adolescents and outreach and drop in centers (odic) and district de-addiction centers (ddacs) in the identiﬁed districts and addiction treatment facilities (atfs) in government hospitals’.