Government Signs MoU to Curb Drug Abuse

  • According to the National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India conducted by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment through the 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 (MoSJ&E), Government of India has been implementing the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR).
  • It is an umbrella scheme under which financial assistance is provided to State Governments/ Union Territories (UT) Administrations for Preventive Education and Awareness Generation, Capacity Building, Skill development, vocational training and livelihood support of ex-drug addicts etc.
  • the aim is to create awareness about the ill effects of substance abuse among the youth, with a special focus on higher education institutes, university campuses, schools and reaching out into the community and garnering community involvement and ownership of the Abhiyaan.

Achievements of NMBA:

  1. More than 10.72 crore people reached so far.
  2. 8,000 Master Volunteers were selected and trained to lead the Abhiyaan activities in NMBA districts.
  3. More than 3.38 crore youth participated in the activities of the Abhiyaan spreading on-ground messages against substance.
  4. Contribution of more than 2.27 Crore women in reaching out to Anganwadi & ASHA Workers, ANMs, Mahila Mandals& Women SHGs.
  5. Technology and Social media have been effectively utilized by creating handles on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  6. An Android-based mobile Application has been developed to capture the data of activities happening on the ground on a real-time basis by the districts and master volunteers.
  7. All the de-addiction facilities have been geo-tagged for ease of access by the public.
  • Department of Social Justice & Empowerment has signed an MoU with the Ramchandra Mission to spread the message of NMBA among the youth, women, students and the community.
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