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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

  • 28 Jun 2021
  • 3 min read

Why in News

Recently, the Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment launched the website for the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA) on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26th June).

  • The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is the nodal ministry for Drug Demand Reduction, implements various programmes for drug abuse prevention across the country.

Key Points

  • About:
    • In order to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, in December 1987, decided to mark 26th June as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  • 2021 Theme:
    • "Share Facts On Drugs, Save Lives"
  • Related Initiatives:

Indian Initiatives

  • Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan/Drugs-Free India Campaign:
    • It was flagged off on 15th August 2020 (Independence Day) across 272 districts of the country found to be most vulnerable based on the data available from various sources.
    • Its focal points are preventive, mass education and sensitization, capacity building of service providers, positive partnership with educational institutions, and augmentation of treatment, rehabilitation and counselling facilities.
  • National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction:
    • This Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has begun implementation of a National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) for 2018-2025.
    • It aims at reduction of adverse consequences of drug abuse through a multi-pronged strategy involving education, de-addiction and rehabilitation of affected individuals and their families.
    • It focuses on preventive education, awareness generation, identification, counselling, treatment and rehabilitation of drug-dependent persons and training and capacity building of the service providers through collaborative efforts of the Central and State Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations.
      • There are more than 500 voluntary organizations across the country, which are assisted financially under the NAPDDR scheme.

Source: PIB

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