Drug addiction

Drug addiction: A different approach

Print edition : October 26, 2018

Two addicts, related to each other, outside Navjeevan Kendra, a drug de-addiction centre in Kapurthala, Punjab. Photo: AKHILESH KUMAR

Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Amarinder Singh and Manohar Lal Khattar, arriving to attend an inter-State regional conference to tackle the problem of drug use and drug peddling, in Chandigarh on August 20. Amarinder Singh’s campaign promise ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab to eradicate the problem in the State within a month of coming to power is nowhere near being fulfilled. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

A recent study draws attention to the need to decriminalise addiction and shows how a high rate of conviction under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has not led to any long-term solution.
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