Source: The Economic Times, Oct 14, 2018
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has withdrawn the draft National Drug Demand Reduction Policy from the Cabinet so as to include data from an ongoing national survey on the extent and pattern of substance use.
A decision in this regard was taken as the survey is likely to be completed soon.
The survey being conducted by the ministry in collaboration with the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) under the AIIMS is already underway to reach an estimated figure on the number of people in the country who are into drug use.
“The survey is about to end. Already data from 24 states/UTs have been collected and submitted. Data collection from 12 states including West Bengal, Goa, Sikkim and Chandigarh is still in process,” a senior Social Justice and Empowerment ministry official said. Read the rest of this entry »