Recognizing Outstanding Contribution in the Prevention of Drug Addiction, Awareness Generation, Research and Rehabilitation

New Delhi, February 17, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): Alcoholism and drug abuse is a pysco-social-medical problem requiring a holistic approach – from prevention and early detection to effective intervention, rehabilitation and social integration. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction. It coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public education.

The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary organizations. In order to recognize the efforts, and, encourage excellence in the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and rehabilitation of its victims, awards will be presented, every year, for the most effective or outstanding services as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of:-

  1. Alcohol;
  2. Narcotic Drugs;
  3. Psychotropic Substances;
  4. Other Addictive Substances (Except tobacco and its products) e.g. cough syrups, correction fluid, etc.

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been implementing the Scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse since 1985-86.

The Scheme, which was revised twice in 1994 and 1999, at present provides financial support to NGOs and employers mainly for creating Awareness and Preventive Education, Drug Awareness and CounsellingCentres (CCs), Treatment- Cum- Rehabilitation Centres (TC), Workplace Prevention Programme (WPP), De-addiction Camps (ACDC), NGO forum for Drug Abuse Prevention Innovative Interventions etc.

Apart from this, the Ministry takes up awareness generation programme every year disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials, organizing programmes in schools and community, holding exhibitions and publishing newsletters and journals.

At present there are about 41 CCs and 401 TCs are functioning with the support of the ministry in the country.

Besides, a large number of NGO’s are involved in this endeavour, Ministry of social Justice and Empowerment notified in December last year a scheme of National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse, in order to recognize the efforts and encourage excellence in the field of prevention of substance abuse and rehabilitation of its victims.

The Scheme is applicable to institutions and individuals working in this field. Under the scheme, awards will be presented every year to the most effective or outstanding services rendered as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of alcohol; narcotic drugs; psychotropic substances and other addictive substances.

The awards are presented every year, on the 26th June, which has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and are given in ten different categories to institutions and individuals.

I. Institutional Category

(i) Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) for providing rehabilitation services to alcoholics and drug users

ii) Best Regional Resource and Training Centre (RRTC) providing exemplary contribution in the field of prevention of addiction.

(iii) Best Panchayati Raj or Municipal Body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse.

(iv) Best Educational Institution doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse.

(v) Best Non-Profit Institution, other than Serial Number (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) above, with outstanding contribution in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse.

(vi) Best Research or Innovation.

(vii) Best Awareness Campaign.

II. Individual Category

(viii) Outstanding individual achievement by a professional.

(ix) Outstanding individual achievement by a non- professional.

(x) Former Addict, who has done outstanding work in the field of awareness generation or de-addiction or rehabilitation.

The institution of these National Awards is indeed a manifestation of Government’s commitment to address the issues and take effective steps against alcohol and drug abuse.