Cabinet approves policy to fight drug abuse

INDIA – In order to combat the use and trafficking of illegal drugs in a holistic manner, the government on Thursday gave its approval to a national policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. The policy attempts to curb the menace of drug abuse and contains provisions for treatment, rehabilitation and social re-integration of victims of drug abuse. Implementation of the policy will lead to reduction of crime, improvement in public health, and uplifting of the social milieu, a government statement said. The policy provides for the use of satellite imagery for detection of illicit cultivation of poppy and cannabis, and its subsequent eradication. There would be provision for finding alternate means of livelihood for cultivators, the statement said after a Cabinet meeting.

Trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances is one of the biggest known sources of black money. The statement said the consumption of poppy straw by addicts will be gradually reduced and finally stopped within a time frame to be decided by state governments. A time-bound action plan, with details on the steps to be taken by different agencies, would be prepared in response to the recommendations of the International Narcotics Control Board. Meanwhile, a domestic law to prosecute sea pirates, which was part of the Cabinet agenda, did not come up for discussion on Thursday. The Cabinet reviewed the progress in implementation of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana — a health insurance scheme for the poor.

via : Indian Express

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